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Sam LAWSON

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Surname: LAWSON

Forename(s): Sam

Place of Birth: Tosside, Yorkshire

Service No: 99772

Rank: Gunner

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Garrison Artillery

Battalion / Unit: 278th Siege Battery

Division: ---

Age: 23

Date of Death: 1918-09-26

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: II. E. 1.

CWGC Cemetery: SUNKEN ROAD CEMETERY, BOISLEUX-ST. MARC

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: TOSSIDE, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Sam Lawson was the son of Luke and Annie Lawson, née Holmes. Luke was born at Tosside, Yorkshire and Annie at Calder Vale, Lancashire. Sam was the cousin of Private Jess Lawson (268523) (q.v.).

1901 Tosside, Yorkshire Census: Throstle Nest - Sam Lawson, aged 6 years, born Tosside, son of Luke and Annie Lawson.

1911 Halton, Lancashire Census: Halton Green Farm - Samuel Lawson, aged 16 years, born Tosside, Yorkshire. [Sam and his brother Matthew were employed by James Burrow, Dairy Farmer.]

Sam was married to Anna Jackson in 1916.

Sam's sister, Ada, was married to Private John Frank Thwaite (31838) (q.v.).

The British Army Service Record for Sam Lawson exists but may be incomplete.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Gnr Sam Lawson, 99772, R.G.A.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Gnr Sam Lawson, 99772, Base Details R.G.A.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Gnr Sam Lawson, 99772, 278 S. Bty R.G.A. Date and Place of Death: 26.9.18. 38 C.C.S. France or Belgium. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow - Anna. £7 8s. 5d. Widow - Anna for child. £8 3s. 7d. Gdn [Guardian] - Jane Jackson. £6 13s. 4d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: Gnr Sam Lawson, 99772, R.G.A. Date and cause of death: 26.9.18. Wounds rec’d in Action. Widow: Anna. The Knotts, Tosside, nr Long Preston, Yorks. Date of birth: 8.7.97. Children: Clifford. Date of birth: 9.3.17. Date of expiry: 9.3.33. Pension: 6/8 [£0 6s. 8d.]. Remarks: 1. Guardian of Clifford Lawson - Mr Robert Jackson, Knotts, Tosside, Long Preston, Yorks. Widow re-married 20.11.18 Fred Hodgson, Civilian. 2. Mrs Robert Jackson.

A short biography of Sam is included in: ‘In Love, In Gratitude, In Remembrance - Remembering the Men & Women of Slaidburn, Newton in Bowland, Dunsop Bridge, Dale Head & Tosside’ by Margaret Brenchley (2018).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

TOSSIDE

LAWSON, Gunner S., R.G.A., son of Mr. and Mrs. Luke Lawson, died of wounds Sept. 26, 1918.

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Gunner Sam LAWSON

Gunner Sam LAWSON

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Garrison Artillery

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Garrison Artillery

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Surname: LAWSON

Forename(s): Sam

Born: Tosside, Yorks

Residence:

Enlisted: Keighley, Yorks

Number: 99772

Rank: Gunner

Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery

Battalion:

Decorations:

Died Date: 26/09/18

Died How: Died of wounds

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

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Surname: LAWSON

Forename(s): S

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 99772

Rank: Gunner

Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery

Unit: 278th Siege Bty.

Age:

Awards:

Died Date: 26/09/1918

Additional Information:

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Gunner Sam Lawson

Gunner Sam Lawson

Courtesy of Richard and Barbara Lawson, Waddington

Mount Sion Congregational Chapel, Tosside

Mount Sion Congregational Chapel, Tosside

Letter written on the 14th December, 1916, from Kilroot Fort, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim, Ulster

Mourning card

Mourning card

Courtesy of Richard and Barbara Lawson, Waddington

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17 November 1916

TOSSIDE

A Military Wedding was solemnized at the Congregational Church on Saturday afternoon, the contracting parties being Gunner Sam Lawson, R.G.A., and fifth son of Mr. and Mrs. Luke Lawson, of Tosside, to Anna, third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jackson, of the Knotts, Tosside. The bride was given away by her father, and was attired in a saxe blue costume and white cloth hat underlined with saxe blue.

Her one bridesmaid was Miss Maggie Scarborough, who wore a navy blue costume and white cloth hat. The groomsman was Gunner Tom Lawson R.G.A., brother of the bridegroom. The Rev. Mr. Hutley of Settle was the officiating minister, and the service was choral. Mr. Wilfred Harrison presiding at the organ. After the ceremony, the guests journeyed to the home of the bride’s parents to luncheon.

The bridegroom rejoins his regiment at Carrickfergus in Ireland on the 17th of November.

11 October 1918

TOSSIDE – GUNNER LAWSON DIES OF WOUNDS

The sad news has been received by Mrs. Sam Lawson that her husband, Gunner Sam Lawson, R.G.A., fifth son of Mr. and Mrs. Luke Lawson, was wounded on the 16th of September, and official news was received last week of his death on September 26th. Gunner S. Lawson joined up 19th June 1916, and went out to France on June 3rd 1917. He was 23 years of age. Before joining up he was employed by his father at Tosside Fold. Gunner Lawson was well known and highly respected by all who knew him. Much sympathy is extended to his bereaved widow, who is left with one child, and also to the parents and relatives of both families.

18 October 1918

TOSSIDE – THE LATE GUNNER LAWSON

The above is a photograph of Gunner S. Lawson, R.G.A., fifth son of Mr. and Mrs. Luke Lawson, of Tosside, who died on September 26th from wounds received in action on the Western Front, as reported in our last week’s issue.

25 October 1918

TOSSIDE – THE LATE GUNNER S. LAWSON

Through a mistake, the photograph of another soldier was reproduced in our columns last week as that of the late Gunner S. Lawson, R.G.A., of Tosside, who died on September 26th from wounds received in action. We now give the correct photograph.

26 September 1919

LAWSON – In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Gunner Sam Lawson, R.G.A., who died from wounds received in France, September 26th, 1918.

“ Too dearly loved to be forgotten.”

From his loving Father and Mother, Brothers and Sisters, Throstle Nest, Tosside, Long Preston; also two brothers in Australia.

12 March 1920

TOSSIDE – Fallen and Returned Soldiers Honoured

The demobilised soldiers of Tosside and their lady friends were entertained to supper in the Congregational Sunday School on Saturday evening by the members and friends connected with the chapel. After supper, a concert consisting of songs and recitations was sustained by a youthful company, and included two dialogues by L. and E. Hodgson, B. Bentham, E. Jackson, N. Moon, Joshua Hodgson and Mark Bentham. A highly enjoyable evening was spent.

On Sunday afternoon a memorial tablet was unveiled at a special memorial service held in memory of the six Tosside young men who did not return. The service was conducted by Mr. J. W. Andrews, of Sutton, and the tablet was unveiled by Mr. Joshua Hodgson and Mr. David Harrison, both of whom were wounded during the war. The tablet was placed in the chapel by the relatives of the late soldiers, and by members of the congregation and bears the following inscription:–

“In loving memory of the young men connected with this place of worship who died while serving their country during the Great War, 1914-18:– Nicholas Harrison, Percy Hodgson, Tom Hodgson, Rowland Robinson, Jess Lawson, Sam Lawson; also their age and date of death.” Here follows an appropriate verse.

24 September 1920

LAWSON – In loving memory of our dear brother, Gunner Sam Lawson, who died of wounds September 26th, 1918.

"Only those who have loved and lost can understand war’s bitter cost."

From all at High Salter, Roeburndale.

LAWSON – In loving memory of my dear brother, Gunner Sam Lawson, who died of wounds September 26th, 1918.

A. Thwaites, High Street, Settle.

LAWSON – In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Gunner Sam Lawson, who died of wounds September 26th, 1918.

“Too dearly loved to be forgotten.”

From his loving Father, Mother, Brothers and Sister, Throstle Nest, Tosside, Long Preston.

30 September 1921

LAWSON – In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Sam Lawson, who died September, 26th, 1918.

“Missed by those who loved him best.”

From his Father, Mother, Brothers and Sisters, Throstle Nest, Tosside.

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17 November 1916

TOSSIDE

MILITARY WEDDING – A military wedding was solemnized at the Congregational Church on Saturday afternoon, the contracting parties being Gunner Sam Lawson, R.G.A., fifth son of Mr. and Mrs. Luke Lawson, of Tosside, to Anna, third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jackson, of the Knotts, Tosside. The bride, who was given away by her father, was attired in a saxe blue costume, and white cloth hat underlined with saxe blue velvet. Her one bridesmaid was Miss Maggie Scarborough, who wore a navy blue costume and white cloth hat. The groomsman was Gunner Tom Lawson, R.G.A., brother of the bridegroom. Rev. G. Hutley, of Settle, was the officiating minister. The service was choral, Mr. Wilfred Harrison being organist. After the ceremony the guests were entertained to luncheon at the home of the bride’s parents. The bridegroom rejoins his regiment at Carrickfergus, in Ireland, on November 17th.

11 October 1918

Tosside Gunner Dies of Wounds

The sad news was received by Mrs. Lawson that her husband, Gunner Sam Lawson, R.G.A., fifth son of Mr. and Mrs. Luke Lawson, had been wounded on Sept. 16th, and official news was received last week of his death on Sept. 26th. Gunner S. Lawson joined up on June 19th, 1916, and went to France on June 3rd last. He was 23 years of age, and before joining up was employed by his father at Tosside Fold. Gunner Lawson was well known and highly respected by all who knew him. Much sympathy is extended to his widow, who is left with one child, and also to the parents and relatives of both families. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Mount Zion Chapel, Tosside.

25 October 1918

Tosside Gunner Dies of Wounds

Gunner S. Lawson, of the R.G.A., son of Mr. and Mrs. Luke Lawson, of Tosside, died of wounds on Sept. 26th. We understand that the photograph published in our last week’s issue was not that of Gunner Lawson, although sent to us by one of his relatives. We accordingly give an authentic photograph herewith.

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