Robert Sydney LASKER

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LASKER, Robert Sydney

Service Number: 9959
Enlisted: 16 August 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: Royal Flying Corps
Born: Hamilton, New South Wales, Australia, 13 August 1895
Home Town: Randwick, Randwick, New South Wales
Schooling: University of Sydney
Occupation: Medical student
Died: Killed In Action, France, 20 May 1918, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Aulnoye Communal Cemetery, France
Memorials: Newcastle High School Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

16 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 9959, 2nd Australian General Hospital: AIF
31 Mar 1916: Involvement Private, SN 9959, 2nd Australian General Hospital: AIF
31 Mar 1916: Embarked Private, SN 9959, 2nd Australian General Hospital: AIF, HMAT Star of Victoria, Sydney
31 Mar 1916: Involvement Private, SN 9959, 2nd Australian General Hospital: AIF
31 Mar 1916: Embarked Private, SN 9959, 2nd Australian General Hospital: AIF, HMAT Port Melbourne, Sydney
27 Mar 1917: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, 2nd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Discharged to the Royal Flying Corps with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant
28 Mar 1917: Involvement Royal Flying Corps

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

On 20 May 1918, Second Lieutenant Lasker (Observer) and Second Lieutenant Albert Henry Herring RAF (Pilot), flying DH4 aircraft D9239, were believed to have been hit by anti-aircraft fire during a bombing raid over Aulnoye. The aircraft was seen to fall in flames from 15,000 feet and both crew members were killed.

Lasker had transferred from the AIF to the RFC during 1917. He had been studying medicine at Sydney University when he enlisted.