Ernest Stanley Lawrence
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|Date of Birth||13 Jan 1920|
|Place of Birth||Newent, Gloustershire, England|
|Death||23 Jan 2000|
|Place of Death||Mt Nasura, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||21 years, 1 months|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Byford, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Father , Mr Ernest George Lawrence|
|Date of Enlistment||6 Mar 1941 & 12 Jul 1942|
|Unit/Formation||52nd Australian General Transport Platoon|
|1st Departure from Australia|
|Journey Dates||21 Nov 1944 ‒ 26 Nov 1944|
|Transport Details||USAT Evangaline Darwin to Jacquinot Bay, New Britain|
|Return to Australia|
|Journey Dates||10 Sep 1945 ‒ 15 Sep 1945|
|Transport Details||HMT Taroona Jacquinot Bay, New Britain to Brisbane|
|Post War Details|
|Fate||Returned to Australia|
|Monument(s)||ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)|
1939-45 Star |
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45
Ernest married Hester Lorena Larsen locally during 1941.
Ernest was mobilised on 6 Mar 1941 and posted to the Western Command Supply Column, and was called up for full time service on 22 Dec 1941. On 17 May 1942 he was transferred to the 13th Australian Infantry Brigade Group at Melville before enlisting in the 2nd AIF on 12 Jul 1942 while posted to the 24th Australian Company AASC.
On 7 Feb 1943 he was entrained in Perth for Adelaide, arriving there on 12 February and was entrained again, this time for the Northern Territory on 1 Mar 1943, arriving there on 10 Mar 1943. Ernest was admitted to the 119th Australian General Hospital from 12 until 27 Mar 1943. From 28 October until 10 Nov 1943 he was detached to HQ Command AASC (AIF) 12th Australian Infantry Division, and detached again from 3 - 26 Feb 1944, this time to the 1st Australian Infantry Troops Ordnance Field Park. From 20 June until 4 Jul 1944 he was again detached to HQ Command AASC (AIF) 12th Australian Infantry Division. Soon after his return to his unit he joined his brother Albert at the 52nd Australian General Transport Platoon
On 21 Nov 1944 Ernest and his two brothers (all in the same unit) embarked on USAT Evangaline in Darwin for Jacquinot Bay on New Britain, disembarking there on 26 Nov 1944. There, from 18 July until 20 Aug 1945 he was detached to HQ 154th Australian General Transport Company before returning to his unit. On 10 Sep 1945 Ernest embarked on HMT Taroona in Jacquinot Bay for Brisbane, disembarking there on 15 Sep 1945. Returned to Western Command Recruit Reception & General Details Depot for re-allocation on 18 Oct 1945, he was transferred to the Discharge Section on 26 Mar 1946 and discharged on 28 Mar 1946.
Electoral Roll entries: 1949 - 1972 at 19 John street, Armadale, bus driver ; 1980 at 91 Paterson road, Mt Nasura, ganger.
One of three brothers serving in the same unit.