Lance Corporal Charles Lawrence

Rank or Title

Date of Birth


Date of Death

16 Feb 1917

War time / or Pre War occupation

Shop employee


J. Webdale and Sons

Service Number


Place of Birth

United Kingdom

World War I Address

59 Ashton Road
United Kingdom

Place of Death


Grave Location

Varennes Military Cemetery

War Memorial Location

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier


The Luton News , 1st March 1917
L-Cpl Charles Lawrence


L-Cpl Charles Lawrence, 23494, 4th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, died at a clearing station in France on February 16th, 1917, three days after being wounded by shrapnel in action at Beaumont-Hamel on the Somme. He was aged 20.

Born in Luton in 1896, Charles was the youngest of five serving soldier sons of widow Mrs Ann Lawrence, of 59 Ashton Road, Luton (her husband, Frederick, died in 1898). He had enlisted in November 1915, having been formerly employed by Messrs J. Webdale and Sons at their Wellington Street store. He was an old boy of Chapel Street School, Luton.

In a letter to Mrs Webdale, military chaplain the Rev T. Harold Davies wrote: "He was such a brave lad and did his duty nobly. When severely wounded in the legs and hands he remained cheerful and spoke frequently of you, saying that he was sure he would see his mother within a week. We had great hopes that his courage and high spirits would carry him through, and are grieving at his death. He died at a clearing station some miles away."

More tragedy would befall the Lawrence family the following year, when another son, Pte Walter Lawrence, 10775, 9th Lancers, died of wounds on April 22nd, 1918. He was buried at Luton Church burial ground, Crawley Green Road.

[On the Luton Roll of Honour he is listed at Pte Charles Lawrence]


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L-Cpl Charles Lawrence

Author: Deejaya

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