Other names: Sidney Rex
Locations in this story: Morpeth, NorthumberlandFrance & FlandersTorreken Farm Cemetery No 1, Heuvelland, West FlandserCresswell Terrace, Newbiggin by the Sea, NorthumberlandSt. Peter's Church, ShaftesburyHoly Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
Story: Sidney Rex Lawson was born in December 1893 in Morpeth, Northumberland. He was the son of Thomas James Lawson, a house carpenter, and Mary Jane Lawson (née Kirkup). At the time of the 1911 Census, Sidney was working as a house carpenter and living at Cresswell Terrace, Newbiggin by the Sea, Northumberland. In 1917 he married Nellie Clarke and they had one child, John, born in early 1918 after his father's death. He enlisted in Shaftesbury with the 5th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 16466) and at the time of his death he held the rank of Sergeant. He served in France and Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 18th June 1917 and was buried at Torreken Farm Cemetery No 1, Heuvelland, West Flanders, Belgium (grave id. A.1). He is remembered on the Park Walk War Memorial. He also appears as "E.Rex Lawson" and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury.