Died 22nd September 1917
No. TF202194 of the Middlesex Regiment, Duke of Cambridges Own.
Born: Worksop, Notts.
Resided: Woburn, Longslade Cottage
Enlisted: Bedford

Horace was wounded by two pieces of shrapnel in the neck in August 1916, but not very seriously, and recovered in a Sheffield hospital. He had only been in the trenches a fortnight, and had been fighting in the Somme district. It had been the 4th Middlesex who fired the first British army shots of the war.

Bucks Standard, 24th November, 1917: “Private Horace Lawson, Middlesex Regt., son of Mr and Mrs Thomas Lawson of Longslade, Woburn Sands, who had latterly been employed as runner, has not been heard of for some time, and several letters marked ‘missing’ have been retuned to his parents. Pte. Lawson was formerly in the employ of Foll and Bawden, auctioneers of Woburn Sands and Bletchley.”

Listed on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. Listed on the Woburn Sands Memorial. His army service papers have not survived.

Lawson’s Medal card.



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