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Name: Robert William LAWSON
Casualty No.: Ranks: Private Initials: R W Service No.: 102523
Date of Birth : 03/11/1881 Place of Birth : Addison Colliery, Co. Durham. Age at Death: 37
Unit: 67th Bn Canadian Pioneers, 47th Canadian Division.
Former Unit(s): Served with the Northumberland Hussars, a Territorial unit.
Place Enlisted:
Place of Residence:
Home Address: 1 Simpson Street, Crookhill, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address: West View, Crookhill, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Civilian Employment: Steam shovel fireman.
How Died: Killed in action
Date of Death: Saturday 11th November 1916
Place of Death: Somme, France.
Battle/Campaign: Battles of the Somme, France, 1916. Battle of the Ancre Heights, 1st October 11th November 1916.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: Vimy Ridge Memorial, France.
Buried: No known grave
Decoration and Medals:
Photographs: 1
Service Records: Yes
Death Notice/Obituary: Blaydon Courier, page 8, 2nd December 1916.
Family Details:
Son of the late Robert Young and Sarah Lawson of 1 Simpson Street, Crookhill, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Brother of Mrs Shield Rochester of Crookhill, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Notes : Robert enlisted in the Canadian Forces at Victoria, British Columbia. Canada, on 11th September 1915. He embarked from Halifax, Nova Scotia, on board SS Olympic, on 1st April 1916 and disembarked at Liverpool, England, 11th April 1916. His unit sailed for France on 21st April 1916. It is recorded that Robert was killed in action at Regina Trench, near Courcellette.No address is given for Robert's residence in Canada.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. National Archives of Canada.
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