Lawrence James Paul was born in Annandale and went to Camperdown Public School. He worked as a machine driller and enlisted in the army aged 30. He was one of the six men to whom the litany desk at Village Church (previously St Aidan’s) was dedicated. Lawrence is also remembered on the church Roll of Honour.
Lawrence was among the ANZACs who landed at Gallipoli on April 25 1915. He was killed in action on August 8 1915 in the Battle of Lone Pine. As the Australians charged and captured the Turkish trenches, Lawrence was shot in the head on the parapet of the enemy trenches.
He is buried in Johnston’s Jolly, Gallipoli.
Lawrence was one of the approximately 1200 Annandale men who served in World War I.
Information taken from
The AIF Project (https://www.aif.adfa.edu.au/showPerson?pid=235886)
Annandale’s Great War (http://www.ramin.com.au/walks/great-war-short-walk.shtml)
Australian War Memorial (http://static.awm.gov.au/images/collection/pdf/RCDIG1065217--1-.pdf)
Trove Digitised Newspapers (http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/15660950)