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.

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Rolls and Awards

  • Rank: Corporal
  • Date of Death: 29 September 1918
  • Unit: 43rd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 09 June 1916
  • Place of embarkation: Adelaide
  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 43rd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Awarded: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 43rd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

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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