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William John Alfred Layburn

Portrait, postcard stamped on reverse, not posted. Fragment of Miltary Medal ribbon attached to the portrait (kindly provided by family) - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, postcard stamped on reverse, not posted. Fragment of Miltary Medal ribbon attached to the …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William John Alfred AWMM
  • Surname
    Layburn AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Willie AWMM
    • Alfred William John AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 5117 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    7 August 1887 AWMM Sawyers BayDunedin AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Pre 1 December 1915 AWMM C/o Mr C. Bliss, Upper Diamond Creek, Victoria, Australia AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 John Layburn (father), Anderson's Bay Road, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 3 July 1916 AWMM Single AWMM
    • Pre 1 December 1915 AWMM single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Bullecourt AWMM
    • Ypres AWMM
    • Menin Road AWMM
    • Polygon Wood AWMM
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 5117 AWMM
  • Military service
    Nil (previously rejected for enlistment in Australia) AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Military Medal (MM) AWMM
      MM. Broodseinde (Belgium), 4 October 1917 For conspicuous courage and devotion to duty on 4th October, 1917, at BROODSEINDE and during subsequent opertiions. This man acted as a runner and made many trips with despatches under very heavy shell fire. lthough twice buried and physically exhausted with exposure and fatigue he remained on duty in spite of the fact that he had been given permission to report to the nearest dressing station for medical attention.' - 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76- 23/05/1918 AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
    • Victory Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 1 December 1915 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
    Age 25 AWMM
    Wool Buyer/Civilian Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
    MelbourneVictoria Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
  • Occupation before enlistment
    Educated Christian Brothers, Dunedin Public - Brian - Researcher - 26 May 2016 - AWM Roll of Honour
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, WWI AWMM
      5' 8.75" AWMM
    • Weight, WWI AWMM
      127.5 lb AWMM
    • 28 Aug 1918 {Age 31} AWMMKilled in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • He was the son of John and Jane Layburn. Elder brother of Ernest Thomas Layburn (40152) who served with the NZEF

    He was working in Australia at the time of enlistment AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    28 August 1918 AWMM
    Age 31 AWMM
    PeronneFrance AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    No known grave AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Somme, France AWMM

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26 May 2016BrianMelbourne, AustraliaResearcher

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