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Lawrence Eric Rix

Driver MT

Serial No:
Serial No. 14595

1st Division Signal Company, 1st Division Supply Column & 1st Division Motor Transport Company


Lawrence Eric Rix - Information

Lawrence was born in Camden in 1894 to William Henry and Rosanna Rix. Lawrence then moved with his family to 71 Belgrave St in Neutral Bay. His father was part owner of Rix & Harris Co. City Premier Farm Exchange, poultry farm and orchard specialists estate agents. Lawrence completed an apprenticeship with the NSW Railways, and started working as an electrical engineer and motor driver. When he was 22 years old, he enlisted in the AIF on the 7th of March 1916 at the Royal Showground Camp in Sydney. During training, he was made a Sapper with the 1st Division Signal Company. He then boarded the Vestalia in Sydney leaving for war on the 11th of July 1916.

Lawrence disembarked in Plymouth in early September and was marched out to Parkhouse Camp. Lawrence’s skills were highly sort after; consequently he was moved from unit to unit as needed. He was detached to the Australian Motor Transport Section in mid January 1917, and the following month, was taken on strength to the 1st Division Signal Company. At the end of April, he was assigned duty with the 9th Signal Battalion. Lawrence was then appointed Motor Driver on Christmas Day, and on the 9th of January 1918, was transported to France. A week later, he was taken on strength to the 1st Division Supply Column. In March, he was transferred to the 1st Division Motor Transport Company along the front. He spent the remainder of the war transporting war material and other vital supplies. In March 1919, Lawrence was taken back to England and in May, was assigned to the General Engineers Office at Waterloo Station in London. Here, he was undergoing war work and completing duty at customs. In September, he was sent back to Australia.

Lawrence reunited with his family and returned to his civilian life, having kept the men at the front well supplied. In 1921, Lawrence married the love of his life, Kathleen Hoare in Mosman.