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Lawrence Tait (SN 61006) was born in Kerang but was living in Fitzroy North when he enlisted on May 4th 1918. The 20 year old, unmarried bank clerk was assigned to the 9th General Service Re-enforcement and embarked from Melbourne aboard the Barambah the following August. Epidemic influenza broke out on board and the ship made for Sierra Leone. There were 600 cases of influenza on board, of which 11 died and were buried at sea. A further 5 died ashore, along with 2 crew. Private Tait died on October 18th 1918 and was buried at sea. His name is recorded on the Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton, UK.
His brother Robert also served in the AIF and is honoured with a tree in the Avenue.