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Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918


Lawrence A P    Capt        Arthur Poole              AMC    23    Medical practitioner    Married    Bap       

Address:    Ascot Vale, Maribyrnong Rd, “Buxton”   

Next of Kin:    Lawrence, A M, Mrs, wife, “Buxton”, Maribyrnong Rd, Ascot Vale   

Enlisted:    18 Feb 1917       

Embarked:     A70 Ballarat 19 Feb 1917   

Prior service:  AAMC

Awards:  Military Cross


Relatives on Active Service

Lawrence G S Pte 7274 brother

Lawrence A H Pte 2863 brother

Slade-A-G-Pte-3406 cousin

Slade-W-C-2nd-Air-Mechanic-3171 cousin



The engagement is announced of Miss Amy M. Beck. only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. H Beck, of Maribyrnong road, and Captain A. P. Lawrence, A.M.C., A.I.F., second son of Mr. and Mrs. Alf. Lawrence, of Holmes road, Moonee Ponds.


SOCIAL BREVITIES. (1916, December 7). The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 3 Edition: Morning. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74600978


The transport HMAT Ballarat after being torpedoed by a German submarine off the

southern English coast on 25 Apr 1917. In the background a British destroyer is

standing by to take the troops.  http://cas.awm.gov.au/item/C01592 AWM Collection.


Recommendation for Military Cross


Captain Arthur Poole Lawrence 6th Australian Field Ambulance

This officer displayed bravery and devotion to duty on 3rd, 4th and 5th October, 1918, during the fighting in the Hindenburg Line North of ST QUENTIN, particularly during the assault on MONTBREHAIN, as bearer Captain 6th Aust Field Ambulance.  He maintained touch with Regimental Aid Posts in spite of heavy shell fire, his personal courage inspired many others, and his genius for selecting routes and loading posts resulted in a very rapid evacuation of wounded.  His work throughout this period was quite outstanding; time after time he went to heavily shelled localities to extricate the wounded - he was always where the danger was greatest, where the casualties were occurring, and by his coolness and courage and example, rendered the most gallant service in a very difficult situation.




Mentioned in this publication:

'Group Captain Arthur Poole Lawrence MC: a life of service to Australia - AIF World War 1 and Medical RAAF'

IN Sabretache, Volume 50 Issue 2 (June 2009). By John Williamson.

Website: A Celebration of Arthur Poole Lawrence .....

Lawrence's father-in-law William Beck (or his brother-in-law Geoff Beck) employed Johnson-W-L-Pte-7875  as an assistant chemist before the war.  He later moved to Maffra.


War Service Commemorated

Moonee Ponds Baptist Church

Welcome Home 7 Nov 1918

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