Regiment : 7th Battalion Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)
Service number : G38627
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 22nd September 1918 aged 20
Buried : Commemorated on Vis-En-Artois Memorial, France, Panel 7.
Relatives : Son of Laura Lavinia Lawrence, 83 Balds Lane, Wollescote, Stourbridge, and the late Charles Thomas Lawrence
Memorial : Wollescote School
Also appears on : Lye Christ Church Window surname spelt Laurence. Lye and Wollescote War Memorial surname spelt Laurence.
Credits : Researched by The Black Country Society. Birth registration researched by Sandra Taylor.
The birth of Harold Frederick Lawrence is registered in the June Quarter 1898 under the Stourbridge Registration District.
Harold Frederick Lawrence was the son of Charles and Laura Lawrence of 83 Balds Lane, Wollescote, and he attended Wollescote school. He enlisted in the Army Service Corps and joined a Mechanical Transport Company but was transferred to the 7th Battalion of the West Kents. In 1918 this battalion was very actively involved in the Advance to Victory, fighting in the second Battle of the Somme at Albert and Bapaume. In late September they approached the Hindenburg Line at Ronssoy and the West Kents led the attack to control the high ground overlooking the German defences. It was a stiff task and Private Harold Lawrence was killed in action on the 18th September. His two brothers were killed in the war: John in the same Regiment on the 12th April 1918 and Howard in the Worcesters on the 17th July 1917.
Harold Lawrence has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Vis-en-Artois Memorial.