Private Arthur Lawrence

Thank you to Patricia Brazier for the following research

Arthur Lawrence was born in Bramley on 19th August 1897 and Baptised at the parish church in Grafton, Surrey. His father is Edward, a Gardener and his mother is Caroline Martha. He had three brothers Edward, William and Henry.

Arthur attended Bramley School from 26th May 1902, until the family left the district in 1907.

In the 1911 census his family are living at Hillier’s Cottage in St. Mary Bourne in Hampshire.

Arthur enlisted into the army in Woking his family were living at The Rise, Kingsway in Woking.

Arthur was a member of the Prince of Wales Lodge of the Oddfellows Society. He is commemorated on a plaque on the Doorway of the Odd Fellows Hall in Dorking.

His battalion fought in battles at Ypres, Aubers Ridge, Festubut, Loos and the Somme. He died on 4th October 1917. His War Gratuity of £3 was sent to his mother along with his Victory Medals.

Arthur is also commemorated on the Woking War Memorial, where his family were living.

Born                            Bramley, Surrey
Lived                           Woking, Surrey

Son of                          Edward and Caroline Martha Lawrence

Enlisted                       Woking

Regiment                     2nd Battalion. The Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment
Number                       G/18558

Date of Death              4th October 1917
Place of Death             Near Ypres, Belgium
Cause of Death           Killed in Action

Age                              20

Memorial                     Tyne Cot Memorial

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