George Gray LAWSON

LAWSON, George Gray

Service Number: 1871
Enlisted: 2 October 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: Australian Artillery Training Depot
Born: Jamestown, South Australia, Australia , 14 November 1895
Home Town: Yatina, Orroroo/Carrieton, South Australia
Schooling: Yatina Public School, South Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Rapid Tuberculosis of Lungs/Pulmonary Tuberculosis & Exhaustion, Sidney Hall Military Hospital, Weymouth, Dorset, England, United Kingdom, 22 January 1917, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Bedlington (St. Cuthbert) Churchyard
In South West part
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Jamestown Yatina Public School Roll of Honour, Mannanarie Public Hall Memorial Porch Stained Glass Windows, Mannanarie Roll of Honor WW1, Orroroo District Roll of Honour WW1, Sunnybrae School and District Roll of Honour, Yatina Memorial Hall Honour Roll, Yongala Roll of Honour, Yongala War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

2 Oct 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
11 Jan 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1871, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1,

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11 Jan 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 1871, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Borda, Adelaide
15 May 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Gunner, 1871, Australian Artillery Training Depot,

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK

Died on this date - 22nd January........Gunner George Gray Lawson was born at Jamestown, South Australia in 1895. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 2nd October, 1915 as a 19 year old Farmer from Yatina, South Australia.

Private Lawson embarked from Adelaide, South Australia on 11th January, 1916 for Egypt with the 1st Light Horse Brigade, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, 13th Reinforcements. Private Lawson was admitted to Hospital on 26th March, 1916 with appendicular pains & discharged the same day, He was admitted to Hospital on 5th April, 1916 with Influenza.

Private Lawson was transferred to Artillery Details as Gunner on 15th May, 1916 & was transferred to England. He was admitted to Military Hospital at Bulford, Wiltshire, England on 25th July, 1916 & later discharged (discrepancies with illness & dates).

Gunner Lawson was admitted to Military Hospital at Tidworth, Wiltshire on 8th October, 1916 with Pleurisy then transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Dartford where he was medically assessed & recommended that he be given a change to Australia for six months as temporarily unfit but not discharged as permanently unfit.

Gunner Lawson was admitted to Sidney Hall Military Hospital at Weymouth, Dorset, England on 31st December, 1916 with Pulmonary Tuberculosis. He was reported as dangerously ill on 14th January, 1917.

Gunner George Gray Lawson died on 22nd January, 1917 from Rapid Tuberculosis of Lungs/Pulmonary Tuberculosis & Exhaustion. He was buried in St. Cuthbert Churchyard, Bedlington, Northumberland, England.




Gunner George Gray Lawson, who died at the Military Hospital, Wrimouth, England, after a long illness was the second son of the late Mr. D. Lawson, of Yatina, and was 21 years and 2 months of age. He enlisted on September 28, 1915, and sailed for Egypt on January 11, 1916. On his arrival there he met his brother Gill, who is now in France. Gunner Lawson was admitted to the hospital with influenza, and on his recovery he transferred from the Light Horse to the Artillery, and left for England early in June, where be took ill and never recovered. Besides his brother, driver. J. G. Lawson, in France, he leaves two sisters and another brother." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 17 Feb 1917 (