Frederick Charles Lawrence

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Frederick Charles Lawrence
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Personal Information
Date of Birth 18 Mar 1922
Place of Birth Gloustershire, England
Death 28 Feb 2017, aged 94
Place of Death Success, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 19 years, 3 months
Description 5'7" (1.70m) tall ; ; dark complexion ; brown eyes ; black hair
Occupation Dairy farmer
Religion Church of England
Address Byford, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr Ernest Lawrence
Military Information
Reg Number W4940 & WX30332
Date of Enlistment 18 Jul 1942
Rank Driver
Unit/Formation 52nd Australian General Transport Platoon
Military Movement
1st Departure from Australia
Journey Dates 21 Nov 1944 ‒ 29 Nov 1944
Transport Details USAT Evangaline Darwin to Jacquinot Bay, New Britain
Return to Australia
Journey Dates 28 Jan 1946 ‒ 4 Feb 1946
Transport Details SS Georgetown Victory Rabaul to Brisbane
Post War Details
Fate Returned to Australia
Monument(s) ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
Byford WW2 Honour Roll
Medals 1939-45 Star
Pacific Star
Defence Medal
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45

Pre War

War Service

Fred enlisted in the CMF on a part time basis on 14 Jul 1941. On 20 Feb 1942 he was posted to the 29th Australian Heavy Anti Aircraft Battery, and on 22 Aug 1942 he was stationed with the 420th Gun Station. On 21 Oct 1942 he was seen by the Melville Camp Hospital, but returned to his unit the same day. He entrained in Perth on 22 Jan 1943 for the Northern Territory, arriving there on 4 Feb 1943 where he was posted to the 135th Australian Heavy Anti Aircraft Battery and from 1 Jul 1943 he received proficiency pay.

On 10 Feb 1944 Fred was transferred to the 24th Australian Company AASC where he was to serve with his brothers Albert and Ernest. Following a 10 day detachment to HQ 13th Australian Infantry Brigade he rejoined his unit which was by then known as the 52nd Transport Platoon. On 21 Nov 1944 he embarked on USAT Evangaline in Darwin for Jacquinot Bay on the south coast of New Britain, disembarking there on 29 Nov 1944.

On New Britain he was detached to the HQ 13th Australian Infantry Brigade from 25 April until 19 July 1945. On 27 Jan 1946 he was transferred on paper to Western Command Recruit Reception & General Details Depot, and on 28 Jan 1946 he boarded the SS Georgetown Victory in Rabaul for Brisbane, disembarking there on 4 Feb 1946. He arrived in Western Australia on 13 Mar 1946 and was discharged on 15 Mar 1946.

Post War

During 1946 Fred married Dorothy M O'Leary in Fremantle

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