Biography

Birth date: 14 May 1890
Birth place: New Zealand: North Island, Te Kopuru
Death date: 29 September 1918
Death place: France: Picardie, Somme, Louverval
Final rank: Corporal
Service number: 1153 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 43rd Australian Infantry Battalion

Lawrence Weathers (1890-1918) was born in New Zealand and came to Australia as a boy. He joined the AIF in 1916 and was wounded in his first major action in June the following year. In May 1918 he was badly gassed.
The act for which Weathers received the Victoria Cross took place the day after the capture of Mont St Quentin, while his battalion was clearing enemy positions north of PĂ©ronne. He showed extraordinary valour and, with his comrades, captured 180 prisoners and three machine-guns. He was mortally wounded in action four weeks later.

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Corporal
  • Date of Death: 29 September 1918
  • Unit: 43rd Australian Infantry Battalion

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 09 June 1916
  • Place of embarkation: Adelaide

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 43rd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 43rd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Collection Items

Photograph

H06789

Studio portrait of 1153 Private Lawrence Carthage Weathers, 43rd Battalion from Yatala, South Australia. A 25 year old undertaker prior to enlisting on 8 February 1916, he embarked for overseas with A Company from Adelaide on 9 June 1916 aboard HMAT Afric. He joined the 43rd Battalion in France...

H06789

P05212.003

Studio portrait of 1153 Corporal Lawrence Carthage Weathers VC, 43rd Battalion, who died of wounds on 29 September 1918 in France. Lawrence Weathers was born in New Zealand and came to Australia as a boy. He joined the 43rd Battalion, in 1916 and was wounded in his first major action in June the...

P05212.003

P05212.004

Studio portrait of 2951 Private Joseph James Augustine Weathers, who enlisted in June 1916 and had been allotted to the 9th Light Horse Regiment. He asked to be disharged (perhaps at the request of his mother, because his two brothers Frank and Lawrence had already enlisted [Frank died in the...

P05212.004

P05150.001

Studio portrait of NX15705 Corporal (Cpl) John Hurst (Jack) Edmondson VC, 2/17th Battalion. Edmondson enlisted on 20 May 1940 at Paddington, NSW, and with prior militia service with the 4th Battalion, he was quickly promoted to Corporal and embarked for the Middle East on 19 October 1940. He served...

P05150.001

Timeline

Date of birth 1890-05-14
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1916-02-03 43rd Battalion.
Date of embarkation 1916-06-09
Date wounded 1917-06-10 Severely wounded during the Battle of Messines.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918
Date promoted 1918-03-21 Appointed lance corporal.
Date wounded 1918-05-26 Gassed.
Date of honour or award 1918-09-02 Awarded Victoria Cross for action at Peronne, France whilst serving with 43 Battalion, 11 Brigade, 3 Division as a Temporary Corporal
Date promoted 1918-09-10 Appointed corporal.
Date of death 1918-09-29