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William Benson LAWRENCE

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Surname: LAWRENCE

Forename(s): William Benson

Place of Birth: Middleton, Westmorland

Service No: 202282

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Border Regiment

Battalion / Unit: 1/4th (Cumberland and Westmorland) Battalion

Division: 5th (Mhow) Indian Division

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1918-08-24

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Face 1.

CWGC Cemetery: ---

CWGC Memorial: DELHI MEMORIAL (INDIA GATE)

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: LECK, LANCASHIRE

Additional Information:

William Benson Lawrence was the son of William John and Mary Maria Lawrence, née Benson. William, senior, was born at Leck, Lancashire and Mary at Staveley, Westmorland.

1891 Rock, Worcestershire Census: Bransley - William B. Lawrence, aged 1 year, born Middleton, Westmorland, son of William J. and Mary M. Lawrence.

1901 Leck, Lancashire Census: Cowan Bridge - William B. Lawrence, aged 11 years, born Middleton, Westmorland, grandson of Elizabeth Furness (married). [William's mother had married George Middleton in early 1901 and was living at Ingleton, Yorkshire.]

William was married to Agnes Ward in 1915.

The British Army Service Record for William Benson Lawrence exists but may be incomplete. [William was killed by accident at Nowshera, India whilst attached to the 10th Mobile Veterinary Section, Army Veterinary Corps.]

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte William B. Lawrence, 3916, 202282, Bord. R.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte William Benson Lawrence, 3916, 202282, 4th Border Regt.; 1/4th Border Regt.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Pte William Benson Lawrence, 202282, 1/4th Border Rgt. Date and Place of Death: 24.8.18. Nowshera, India. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow - Agnes. £0 12s. 6d.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Pte William Benson Lawrence, 202282, 1/4 Border Regt. Date and Place of Death: 24.8.18. Nowshera. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow - Agnes. £22 13s. 6d. O.S.B. £45 7s. 2d. Son Walter born 27.6.16.

Although William is commemorated on the Delhi Memorial (India Gate) he is buried in Nowshera Mil. Cem. I. 11A.

Data Source: Craven Herald Article

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---

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Private William Benson LAWRENCE

Private William Benson LAWRENCE

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Border Regiment

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Border Regiment

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 5th (Mhow) Indian Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 5th (Mhow) Indian Division

Data from Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 - 1919 Records

Soldiers Died Data for Soldier Records

Surname: LAWRENCE

Forename(s): William Benson

Born: Middleton, Westmorland

Residence:

Enlisted: Carlisle

Number: 202282

Rank: Private

Regiment: Border Regiment

Battalion: 4th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 24/08/18

Died How: Died

Theatre of War: India

Notes:

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: LAWRENCE

Forename(s): William Benson

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 202282

Rank: Private

Regiment: Border Regiment

Unit: 1st/4th Bn.

Age:

Awards:

Died Date: 24/08/1918

Additional Information: (Buried Nowshera Mil. Cem. I. 11A.).

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Private William Benson Lawrence

Private William Benson Lawrence

Courtesy of Gordon Lawrence

Message from William to his son, Walter, on the back of image above

Message from William to his son, Walter, on the back of image above

Courtesy of Gordon Lawrence

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Craven Herald and Wensleydale Standard Logo

29 August 1919

LAWRENCE – In loving memory of a dear son and brother, Private William Benson Lawrence, killed in India August 24th, 1918.

One year has passed, and still we miss him,
Never can his memory fade;
Loving thoughts still often linger
Around the place where he is laid.

Ever remembered by his Mother and Annie, Horton-in-Ribblesdale.

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    One Response to William Benson LAWRENCE

    1. Mr Richards October 5, 2017 at 4:10 pm #

      William Benson Lawrence is my Great GrandFather –
      He Joined the British Army on the 1st of July 1916, when my Grandad was one year old.
      William died in service on August 28th 1918 and was buried in Nowshera India (Now Pakistan).

      His loss was felt greatly by my Great Grandmother and his Son (My Grandad) and His picture adorns the walls of our Families Homes to this day….

      He will never be forgotten by our Family; and we are sure my Grandad has been re united with his Dad at last….

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