Elmer Winfrid Drake LAING MC

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LAING, Elmer Winfrid Drake

Service Number: 940
Enlisted: 10 September 1914, Previous military service: Served in the Citizen Military Forces, 88th Battalion.
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 12th Infantry Battalion
Born: La Perouse, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 19 February 1892
Home Town: West Perth, Western Australia
Schooling: Forest School, England, and Marburg, Germany
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, Strazeele, Northern France, 8 May 1918, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Borre British Cemetery
Plot I, Row B, Grave No. 23
Memorials: Lindisfarne Officers of the 12th Battalion Pictorial Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

10 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 940, 12th Infantry Battalion, Previous military service: Served in the Citizen Military Forces, 88th Battalion.
20 Sep 1914: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 12th Infantry Battalion
2 Nov 1914: Embarked Corporal, SN 940, 12th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Medic, Fremantle
2 Nov 1914: Involvement Corporal, SN 940, 12th Infantry Battalion
2 Nov 1914: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 12th Infantry Battalion
3 May 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 940, 12th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli, GSW thigh
1 Dec 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 12th Infantry Battalion
12 Mar 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 12th Infantry Battalion
12 Jun 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 12th Infantry Battalion
25 Feb 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN 940, 12th Infantry Battalion, GSW nose and left hand at Le Barque, France
29 Jun 1917: Honoured Military Cross, Battle for Pozières , Conspicuous gallantry & coolness between the 23-25 June in leading his platoon in the Pozieres attack. Also assisted with the recovery of wounded.

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

Notes:
C.E. W. Bean 'The Story of Anzac', vol. 1, f/n 53, p. 272, gives date of birth as 19 February 1892. 'Letters herewith showing first in Pozieres for which the MC. Letters may be of historical interest - copies only, originals could be shown to authorized person.' (Father)

AIF ProjectL Age at death 26

Age at death from cemetery records 25