No.1880 Private Lawrence Walter Barnett
[Listed on RSL Honor Board as L.W. Barrett, but correct name is Lawrence Walter Barnett].
Lawrence was born to Simms Barnett and Grace Alberta Jemisson Laskie in 1889 at Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia. He had the following siblings:
- Grace Bertha
- Simms John
- Selina Alice
- Archibald Laskie
- Sydney Laskie
- Alice Kathleen
- Ann Sylvia
- Edith Nellie Lillian
In 1914/15, he was living in Duncan's road, Werribee, as a farmer. His brother, Simms John, was also living there as a farmer.
Family tree records note that his father died in Hawthorn in 1915.
Lawrence enlisted into the Army at Melbourne Victoria on the 8th of June 1915. He was aged 26 years and 1 month and he was 5 feet and three and a half inches tall. Lawrence weighed 10 stone and 1 pound and had a chest measurement of thirty three and thirty five inches. His complexion was listed as dark, with brown eyes and black hair.
All of this was recorded at the time of his enlistment.
Lawrence was taken on strength and travelled to Egypt, Alexandria on 10 January 1916. On 26 March 1916 he disembarked at Marseilles.
He was wounded in action, shell shock, in France on 28 July 1916 and rejoined his unit from being wounded on 27 August 1916. He was sick to hospital in the field in France on 9 November 1916 with trench feet. He was then sent back to England on 30 December 1916. He performed duties from that date to when he returned back to Australiaon 9 December 1918.
He was discharged from the Army on 26 March 2019 for medical reasons.
Lawrence married Catherine Jane Penpraze in 1920.
She passed away in South Yarra in 1947.
His mother died in Hawthorn in 1941.
Lawrence passed away in 1947 in Brighton Victoria, Australia.
Three brothers, Lawrence Walter Barnett, Sim John Barnett and Sydney Laskie Barnett - NOK was Grace Barnett who lived at 847 Burwood Road Hawthorn.
There were no Barrett's with the initials L.W., S.J. or S.L. that enlisted. It is believed that the change from Barrett to Barnett was just an early typographical error.
Medals and Entitlements:
- 1914-15 Star - 27 May 1920
- British War Medal - Date unknown
- Victory Medal - 9 May 1922
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