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John Lawrence

Surname: Lawrence
Other names: John
Other people in this story:
William Lawrence
Bessie Lawrence nee Lampard
Locations in this story:
Sedgehill, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Dantzig Alley British Cemetery, Mametz, France
Berwick St. John, Wiltshire
South Cheriton, Somerset
East Knoyle, Wiltshire

Story:
John Lawrence was born in 1895 in Sedgehill, Wiltshire, and baptised there on 19th January, 1896. He was the son of William Lawrence, a Groom, and Bessie Lawrence (nee Lampard). John's mother died in 1905 and was buried at East Knoyle on 10th February, 1905. By the 1911 Census, John was working as a Labourer and boarding at a farm at South Cheriton, Somerset, whilst his father lived at 'Warthogs', Semley, Wiltshire. At the time of his enlistment at Shaftesbury on the 13th January, 1915, he was single and was living at Upton Cottage, Berwick St. John, Wiltshire. He joined the 6th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 12795). He served in France & Flanders from 18th June, 1915 and moved from one Company to another within the Regiment but ended up with the 6th Battalion - where he had started. He was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He died on 8th July 1916 and was buried at Dantzig Alley British War Cemetery, Mametz in France (grave id. IX.L.7). He is remembered on the Berwick St. John War Memorial.

Images:
  • Berwick St John War Memorial
  • Berwick St John War Memorial 02

Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives