Lawrence enlisted in Citizen Military Force (Reserve) on 22 Dec 1941 and was posted to 56th Australian Field Park Company. On 26 Jun 1942, he transferred to the A.I.F. He embarked for New Guinea aboard “TAROONA” on 2 Sept 1943 and joined the unit on 21 May 1944 as a Trooper in No 8 Section, “C” Troop and returned to Australia with them aboard “TAROONA” on 3 Sept 1944. After leave and reorganization, he embarked for New Britain aboard “TAROONA” on 9 Apr 1945 with the unit as a Trooper in No 8 Section, “C” Troop. Lawrence left the unit and returned to Australia aboard “SALAMAUA” on 18 Jan 1946 and was discharged 21 Mar 1946.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below. He is now also entitled to the Australian Service Medal 1945-75 with a clasp "S.W.Pacific".
Lawrence is the brother of WX10512 Dudley Lawrence Tapper.
Edited by Peter Epps