William Lawton (c.1896-1916)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.
William Lawton (© IWM HU 93436)

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

LAWTON, WILLIAM. Private. No 241369. 1/5th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Son of Mr and Mrs Sam Lawton, Woodland View, Brockholes. Assisted his father as scribbling engineer at Rock Mills, Brockholes. Was a member of the bible class at Brockholes Church. Enlisted October 1915. Embarked for France in the New Year, 1916. Reported missing in the attack on the Schwaben Redoubt on 3.9.1916 and afterwards presumed to have been killed on that date. Has no known grave. Commemorated THIEPVAL MEMORIAL TO THE MISSING.
A letter was received by William's brother from Corporal Brierley who had been in the attack on 3.9.1916 and was in hospital in England who wrote, 'Well Willie was in my section and he went over with me on the 3rd September on the Sunday morning at 5.5.am. We reached the German first and second lines in quick time and we were there for some time when they started to shell us very heavily and I lost my men nearby. Your brother was in the second line when he was killed with two other men. They all died together I am sorry to say. Willie was a great pal of mine, we had spent some time in the trenches together. You will see where I am and I should like to see you.'
ROH:- Huddersfield Drill Hall; Honley War Memorial; Brockholes War Memorial.

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