Regiment : C Company 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : 25493
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 17th July 1917 aged 29
Buried : Wimereux Communal Cemetery, France, Grave II. O. 2.
Relatives : Son of Charles Thomas and Laura Lavinia Lawrence, 83 Balds Lane, Wollescote, Stourbridge
Memorial : Wollescote School
Also appears on : Lye Christ Church Window as W.H. Laurence. Lye and Wollescote War Memorial as W.H. Laurence.
Credits : Memorial transcribed by John Hale. Researched by The Black Country Society.
Howard Lawrence was an iron-ware worker employed by Messrs Eveson Bros. of Lye. He enlisted in the Worcesters and was sent to the 1st Battalion. They fought through the 1916 Battle of the Somme and in the Spring of 1917 followed up the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line. In June they were part of the forces concentrating on Ypres for the Third Battle of Ypres. Ypres was heavily shelled each day and on the 5th July their march out of the city coincided with a heavy strafe by the enemy. There were many casualties and Private Howard Lawrence was taken to a military hospital near Boulogne where he died of wounds on the 17th July. Two of his brothers were killed in the war: Harold on the 22nd September 1918 and John on the 12th April 1918, both of the Royal West Kent Regiment. One brother survived.