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Keith William Lawrence


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Keith William AWMM
  • Surname
    Lawrence AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    7705 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    6 February 1918 AWMM HastingsHawkes Bay AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 804 Lyell Street, Hastings, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr W. Lawrence (father), Tipapakuku, Dannevirke, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    7705 AWMM
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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
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  • Liberation date
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Medical history

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Private K. W. Lawrence, MM; Hastings; born Hastings, 6 Feb 1918; truck driver. (Source: Kay, R. 27 (Machine Gun) Battalion. p.209.)

    '‘Then one of their shells hit the recuperator on the gun and [ricocheted] off. ‘Robin fired the gun again, I was feeding the shells to the gun acting as his No. 2. This shell never went off. He said what's wrong. I said it must be a dud. He ripped the breech block open and as he did so there was a terrific explosion and after the smoke had cleared away Robin was lying on the deck mortally wounded…. the 6 pounder shell had exploded on coming out of the breech…. ‘Anyway with Robin mortally wounded and the Staff Sergeant out too it wasn't any use me staying there so I told the driver to drive away and we took Robin to the Field Dressing Station, on the way down the Staff Sergeant came to and seemed alright…. After that we found our way back to No. 1 Coy and I reported back to Captain Kirk, the Staff Sergeant and the other chap took the Portee and went off to find their own units.’ For his part in this action Lawrence was awarded the MM.' (Source: Kay, R. 27 (Machine Gun) Battalion. pp. 209-10.) AWMM
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About death

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  • External links
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 1: WW2 101 AWMM
    • Kay, R. (1958). 27 (Machine Gun) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.209-10, 215. AWMM
    • Kay, R. (1958). 27 (Machine Gun) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM

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