Other names: Frederick Harold
Locations in this story: Sedgehill, WiltshireEast Knoyle, WiltshireIndiaSouth AfricaTower of London, LondonFrance & FlandersDagenham, EssexRochford, EssexLondon Docks, London, E.1.
Story: Frederick Harold Lampard was born on 1 May 1891 in Sedgehill, Wiltshire the son of Bessie Lampard (no father is mentioned). He spent his very early life in Sedgehill until his mother married William Lawrence on 10 Jun 1895 and they set up home in Shaftesbury Road, East Knoyle, Wiltshire. Frederick then adopted the surname Lawrence and had enlisted on 6 Jan 1909 in the Coldstream Guards as a Guardsman (Service No.8235). He had served in India and South Africa and, by the time of the 1911 Census, was based at the Tower of London, London. At the outbreak hostilities he had arrived in France and Flanders on 12 Aug 1914 just days after the declaration of war. During a leave period he had married Ethel Dora Green at St. Peter's Church, London Docks, London, E.1. on 11 Oct 1915. He was finally discharged to reserve on 8 Feb 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/15 Star and, more importantly, the Meritorious Service Medal. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 3 Meadow Road, Dagenham, Essex, working as a Police Officer and an ARP Gas Instructor. His death was recorded in Rochford, Essex, during 1972. His half-brother, John Lawrence, served in the conflict but died of wounds.