The Soldier's Details

Surname:
McGrath
First Name:
Laurence James
Nick Name:
Laurie
Rank:
Acting Sergeant (Promoted on 28.8.1943)
Regimental #:
WX8611
Awards:
Mentioned in Despatches
Company:
'B' Company
Enlisted:
18.10.1940
Discharged:
16.11.1945
DOB:
14.09.1916
Place of Birth:
Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Francis James McGrath
Mothers's Name:
Jean McGrath
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Manager at State Building Supplies
Java:
Remained onboard HMT Aquatania at Java & returned to Australia sick. Admitted to 110 (P) MH on 25/1/1942 and discharged to unit on 31/4/1942. Soldier went on to serve at Wewak, Lae and Aitape with rank of A/Sgt. from 28/8/1943.

General Description

Soldier was Mentioned in Despatches whilst serving with 43rd Water Transport Company.
There was an explosion on a landing barge which caused a fire to break out. Acting Sergeant McGrath exposed himself to the flames and rescued an unconscious soldier.

Laurie McGrath and Vickers Machine Gun
Laurie McGrath and Vickers Machine Gun

McGrath071

 

McGrath Davies Hinds Parker Newell Gregory
McGrath, Davies, Hinds, Parker, Newel, Gregor

 

McGrath & James
McGrath & James

 

Bulla Robinson, TrevorJames, J Flanagan & L McGrath
Bulla Robinson, Trevor James, James Flanagan & Laurie McGrath

 

L McGrath,T Miller& C Flakemore
Laurie McGrath,Ted Miller & Charlie Flakemore

 

Laurie McGrath & his wife Thelma
Laurie McGrath & his wife Thelma married Oct 1942.
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