Percy Harold LAWSON


LAWSON, Percy Harold

Service Number: 1467
Enlisted: 19 July 1915, Under name Tenerg Harold Lawson
Last Rank: Second Lieutenant
Last Unit: No. 2 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
Born: Birkenhead, South Australia, 6 January 1898
Home Town: Largs Bay, Port Adelaide Enfield, South Australia
Schooling: Le Fever's Peninsula Public School, Semaphore
Occupation: Boilermaker
Died: Killed in flying accident, received in action, 26th Casualty Clearing Station, Lapugnoy, 6 January 1918, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Lapugnoy Military Cemetery
Plot VIII. Row A. Grave 7.
Memorials: Adelaide Australian Harbours Board WW1 Roll of Honour, Adelaide National War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

19 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1467, Under name Tenerg Harold Lawson
27 Oct 1915: Involvement Private, SN 1467, 9th Light Horse Regiment
27 Oct 1915: Embarked Private, SN 1467, 9th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Benalla, Adelaide
27 Oct 1917: Promoted Australian Flying Corps, Second Lieutenant, No. 2 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps

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Biography contributed by Julianne Ryan

Born:  Purcell Harrold LAWSON 6 January 1898 in Birkenhead, South Australia

(SA Births 1842 - 1906 Book: 615 Page: 181 District: PtA.)

Father John LAWSON (dec) and Mother Mary Jane Lawson (nee COMMIS),
lived at Fletcher Road, Peterhead (later moved to Swansea, Largs Bay), SA

Previous service:
4 yeras AN Cadets at Largs Bay - still serving on enlisting

Percy was described on enlisting as 18 years 6 months of age; single; 5' 6" tall; 150 lbs;
medium complexion; hazel eyes; dark hair; Methodist

19/07/1915  enlisted into WWI at Keswick, SA

26/07/1915  appointed to Infantry Base Depot, as Private
11/08/1915  transferred to Mitcham Camp as Signaller

27/10/1915  embarked Outher Harbour, SA onboard HMAT A24 Benalla
                   as a Private with 9th Light Horse Regiment, 11th Reinforcement

28/12/1915  taken on strength Signaller RHQ, 9th Light Horse Regiment, Heliopolis

06/03/1916  transferred to 3rd Light Horse Reserve Regiment

01/04/1916  transferred to 5th Division Artillery

16/06/1916  sick to hospital
03/07/1916  admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, England

14/09/1916  taken on strength 48th Infantry Battalion

15/01/1917  wounded in action - right thigh & arm shot reported Co HQ
                   was shelled killing Sgt Foster and wounding Lt Davies & 4 men around
                   Fatique Trench at Gueudecourt near Flers
                   transferred to AFC Depot Parkhouse, UK

15/06/917    attached to 30th Training Squadron - Australian Flying Corps, Shawbury, UK
11/08/1917  attached to 29th Training Squadron RFC 8-17 rtn 30 Trg Sqn RFC

27/10/1917  promoted to 2nd Lieutenant - after having graduated as a Flying Officer

23/11/1917  proceeded overseas to France, Boulogne
25/11/1917  taken on strength 68th Squadron (2 Squadron) AFC

The Late 2nd Lieutenant Percy Harold Lawson was flying on duty from Baizieux to
Auchel on the 06/01/1918.

The Machine spun into the ground and burst into flames. His body was taken to
the 23rd Casualty Clearing Station at Lozinghem and buried the following day.

His SE 5a B55 crashed on approach to land at Auchel. His machine flat turned into a spin
from 400 feet, caught fire on impact, and he was burnt to death at Lozinghem aerodrome,
the home of No 43 Sqn RFC at the time.  He had been with the Squadron for six weeks.

Originally buried in:
                   Chateau Grounds adjacent to the 23rd Casualty Clearing Station
                   with a Church of England Chaplain present.

1923 exhumed and reburied in:
                   Lapugnoy Military Cemetery, Lapugnoy, Bethune, Nord Pas de Calais, France
                   Plot VIII. Row A. Grave 7

His name is commemorated on:-
- Panel 187 at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT
- the South Australian Harbors Board WWI Memorial, Birkenhead, SA

Medals:       1914/15 Star (8740); British War medal (25974); Victory medal (25795);
                   Memorial Plaque and Scroll (

Submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  18/04/2017.  Lest we forget.