LEST WE FORGET 

Second Lieutenant Robert Sydney LASKER

From Australia serving in the Royal Air Force 

Service No: 9959 (Australian Army)
Born: Hamilton NSW, September 1895
Enlisted in the Army: 1 September 1915
Unit: No. 25 Squadron RAF
Died: Air Operations, France, 20 May 1918, Aged 22 Years
Buried: Aulnoye Communal Cemetery, Nord, France
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Isaac and Rachel Lasker, of Hunter Street, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Remembered: Commemorative Roll, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: The Great Synagogue Roll of Honour Book, Sydney NSW
Remembered: The Great Synagogue World War I Roll of Honour, Sydney NSW
Remembered: Wickham Public School Honour Roll, Wickham NSW
Remembered: Newcastle High School Honour Roll 1914-1918, Waratah NSW
Remembered: Sydney University War Memorial Carillon, Camperdown NSW

On 12 August 1917, Second Lieutenant Lasker resigned from the Australian Army and accepted a Commission in the British Army.

On 20 May 1918, Second Lieutenant Lasker (Observer) and Second Lieutenant Albert Henry Herring RAF (Pilot), flying DH4 aircraft D9239, were believed to have been hit by anti-aircraft fire during a bombing raid over Aulnoye.  The aircraft was seen to fall in flames from 15,000 feet and both crew members were killed.

References:

Australian War Memorial Commemorative Roll On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record B2455, LASKER ROBERT SYDNEY
National Archives UK RAF Casualty Book AIR 1/969 page 299, 163734
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line

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