Henry is remembered on a flower trough, at the First World War Field of Honour, Ipswich Old Cemetery.


Born: 19th June 1884, Mossel Bay, Southern Cape, South Africa.

Died: 14th December 1918; age 34; Died of Pneumonia, at Charleroi.

Residence: Wynberg, Cape Town, South Africa


Rank: Captain.

Regiment: South African Medical Corps, 1st Field Ambulance.


Medals Awarded: Military Cross – Gazetted: 4th October 1919 – For conspicuous gallantry and devotion during operations before Beaurevoir and Le Cateau, between 7th – 15th October, 1918, whilst in charge of the collection and evacuation of wounded. On the 7th his organisation and energy were admirable, and from early morning on 8th to the evening of 9th October he worked without rest, and the successful and expeditious evacuation of the wounded was due in a large measure to his tireless energy, resource, and disregard of danger.


Grave Reference:


Charleroi Communal Cemetery,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Dr. Thomas George & Sarah Maria Lawrence, of ‘Blanston’ Tiverton Road, Plumstead, Cape Province, South Africa.


Father: Thomas George Lawrence, born 1854, London – died March 1889, at Prince Albert, Western Cape, South Africa. A Physician.

Mother: Sarah Maria Lawrence, born 1857.

Sister: Vera Madelina Lawrence, born 1887, Mossel Bay, Southern Cape, South Africa – died June 1928, ‘Clovelly’ Bonair Road, Rondebosch, Cape Province, South Africa.


Educated at St. Andrew’s College, Grahamstown.


Probate to Bertram Lowndes – assistant bank manager the attorney of Sarah Maria Lawrence – mother.


Ward, James

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