Biography

Birth date: 02 January 1896
Death date: 18 March 1982
Final rank: Wing Commander
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Units:
  • Australian Flying Corps
  • No. 3 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Date of embarkation: 16 March 1916
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne

Honours and Awards (Recommendation)

  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Distinguished Flying Cross

  • Unit: No. 3 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Distinguished Flying Cross

  • Unit: No. 3 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Distinguished Flying Cross

  • Unit: No. 3 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Distinguished Flying Cross

  • Unit: No. 3 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: Australian Flying Corps
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Air Force Cross

  • Unit: Australian Flying Corps
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Distinguished Flying Cross

  • Unit: Australian Flying Corps
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Collection Items

Photograph

A04544

1916. GROUP PORTRAIT OF OFFICERS OF NO. 1 SQUADRON AUSTRALIAN FLYING CORPS (AFC). IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE; (BACK ROW) LIEUTENANTS A. L. MACNAUGHTON; C. J. BROOKES; A. D. BADGERY; C. A. KELLY; S. WOODROW; A. E. GEERE. (CENTRE ROW): LIEUTENANT R. ROSS; CAPTAIN W. SHELDON; MAJOR A. A. BROWN; LT....

A04544

A05340

C flight No. 1 Squadron, Captain Richard (Dickie) Williams (later Air Marshal Sir Richard) the OC, is seen in the centre. From left the other officers are; Frank Hubert McNamara (the only AFC winner of the Victoria Cross (VC) in the first world war), L W Heathcote, S K Muir, E G Roberts and L J...

A05340

D00463

Gloucestershire, England. General (Gen) Sir William Riddell Birdwood, in front, leaving the photographic hut during an inspection of the Australian aerodrome at Leighterton. Left to right: Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) W. O. Watt OBE; Gen Birdwood; Lt Col Brinsmead MC (foreground); Major L. J....

D00463

D00950

Group portrait of Australian Flying Corps officers and Non-commissioned officers aboard HMAT Wahehe on the return voyage to Australia. Identified, back row, left to right: Lieutenant (Lt) Rogers (1); Lt Harman (2); Lt F. Hancock (3). Middle row: Lt H. Johnson (4); Captain (Capt) P. A. McBain (5);...

D00950

D00958

The Ship's Staff of HMAT Wahehe during the return voyage to Australia, September 1919-October 1919. Identified, back row, left to right: 6890 Sergeant (Sgt) S. F. Webb, 5th Machine Gun Battalion (1); 30612 Sgt L. R. Cole, AAPC (2); 108 Sgt F. D. Gee, AAPC (3); 86042 Company Sergeant Major (CSM) C....

D00958

D00958K

Reference image only to provide position details for those named. This image is not for sale. The Ship's Staff of HMAT Wahehe during the return voyage to Australia, September 1919-October 1919. Identified, back row, left to right: 6890 Sergeant (Sgt) S. F. Webb, 5th Machine Gun Battalion (1);...

D00958K

DAAV00011

Portrait of Lieutenant (Lt) L J Wackett. This is one of a series of photographs taken by the Darge Photographic Company which had the concession to take photographs at the Broadmeadows and Seymour army camps during the First World War. In the 1930's, the Australian War Memorial purchased the...

DAAV00011

P01034.004

Informal portrait of a group of officers of No.1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps. Included in the group are: Captain (Capt) Ross Macpherson Smith (later Sir Ross Macpherson Smith KBE, MC and Bar, DFC and 2 Bars, AFC), Major (Maj) Allan Murray Jones (later MC DFC and Bar), Maj Lawrence James...

P01034.004

PB0751

Group portrait of 23 officers of No 1 Squadron Australian Flying Corps (1 AFC) waiting to embark on troopship A67 Orsova. Believed to be amongst this group, but most positions unknown are: Captain (Capt) William Hopton Anderson; Lieutenant (Lt) Andrew Delfosse Badgery; Capt David Valentine Jardine...

PB0751

E02689

The Australian Prime Minister, the Honourable William Morris (Billy) Hughes, in the cockpit, tries the controls of an Australian RE8 aeroplane of the 3rd Squadron AFC. Standing, helping is Captain (Capt) L. J. Wackett, and on the right is Capt R. G. Francis.

E02689

Art

Making final adjustments to a Wackett trainer monoplane

Curtis was shown around the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation Factory, Melbourne, by Wing Commander Lawrence Wackett (1896-1982) who ' ...took me under his wing and eagle like "flew" me around the shops. I'll never forget that first walk through the factory, Wackett's swift, purposeful stride, his...

ART23076

Private Record

Timeline

Date of birth 1896-01-02
Date of embarkation 1916-03-16
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-09-28
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-10-10
Other 1919-01-06 - 1919-03-01 Commanding Officer of 7 Training Squadron, AFC.
Date of death 1982-03-18