Chatteris WW1 Soldier William Coldham Lawrence (63303). Chatteris Remembers Biography
William Coldham Lawrence Gunner 63303 14th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery Died July 16th 1916 William was born in 1888, the second eldest son of Charles and Maria, in Woodhurst, Hunts. By 1901 the family had moved to Chatteris where Charles was described as a farmer living on Langwood Drove, although in 1891 he is described as an engine driver for a threshing machine, as he is in 1911. By 1911 William had married Eliza, he was employed as a labourer and they lived in Newgate Street, Doddington. We don’t know precisely when William joined the army, but he was in the Royal Garrison Artillery at the beginning of the Battle of the Somme, and was severely wounded from the bursting of a shell, which caused wounds to his face, arms and hands. A letter from a nurse who cared for him up to his death states that the wounds were caused by shellfire some three weeks before his death on 16th July, which suggests that he received the injury during the bombardment before the opening of the battle. William had a son, Hubert. He is buried in the huge Military Cemetery at Etaples on the coast, where many hospitals were based. File contains: • CWWG Certificate • Census returns from 1911 • ”Soldiers Died” entry • A large range of photographs • Cambs Times from 14th and 28th July 1916 • Photograph of William
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