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 Age at death: 33  Born:    Full Name: Lawson Akhurst Smith  Service, Regiment, Corps, etc: London Regiment  Unit, Ship, etc: 9th Battalion (Queen Victoria's Rifles)  Enlisted: 1 January 1915, London  Rank: Lance Corporal  Decorations:    War (and theatre): WW1  Date of Death: 13 May 1918  Manner of Death: Died  Family Details:    Residence:    Home Department: Board of Trade - Patent Office Civilian Rank: Second Division Clerk Cemetery or Memorial: Plot C , Row A 15 All Saints Churchyard Orpington Kent Additional information and photographs Some of Lawson Smith's Army medical papers have survived at the PRO. From these, and from the Board of Trade files, it is possible to piece together something of his tragic story. For two years, Smith served at home with the 9th Battalion London Regiment (Queen Victoria's Rifles) before being sent to France on 2 February 1917.  He was there only 5 months, returning on 24 July, having been wounded and shell-shocked. His file describes his military character as "very good, steady and well conducted"; at some stage he had been promoted from Private to Lance Corporal.  He was eventually discharged from the Army and confined to a mental home.  He died from the effects of throwing himself out of a window while in a state of coma. Lawson Smith was one of several borderline candidates for the Roll of Honour considered by the Board of Trade's War Memorial Committee in 1923.  He had not died "on active service", though his death was very clearly a result of the war. The Committee decided that his name should be included, noting that it had already appeared on the Patent Office Memorial 1914-1918, now in Concept House, Newport (Board of Trade Roll of Honour, PRO, BT 13/111 and L A Smith, PRO, WO 364/3820) He is listed in the Medal Rolls WO 372/18 as Private 3919 Details from 1901 census: Address: 80 Croxted Road Camberwell Alexander G Smith, Head, Age 42, Occupation Admiralty Staff Clerk, Born Eltham Kent Annie Smith, Wife, Age 41, Born Eltham Kent Lawson A Smith, Son, Age 16, Born Tooting, Surrey Claud A Smith, Son, Age 14, Born Tooting, Surrey Vera M Smith, Daughter, Age 10, Born Tooting, Surrey Isabella Sycamore, Servant, Age 22, Born Lamarsh, Essex   Lawson Smith was married to May Elizabeth Gilruth on June 15 1910 in Ticehurst Kent and is buried with her in All Saints Old Churchyard Orpington (May died on 18 August 1964) L A Smith is also commemorated on the Orpington War Memorial, the Roll of Honour at All Saint's Church, Orpington, the Roll of Honour at St Andrew's Church, St Mary's Cray and the Roll of Honour at St Paul's Crofton Photographs of these memorials (courtesy of John Pateman) and a picture of the grave site as at  November 2007 Click on the images on the left of the page to view larger versions.   After a great deal of further research by members of the project, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission have now accepted Lawson Akehurst Smith  for inclusion to the Roll of Honour, this will be followed by his grave being marked in the near future.   Name: SMITH, LAWSON AKHURST Initials: L A Nationality: United Kingdom Rank: Lance Corporal Regiment/Service: London Regiment (Queen Victoria's Rifles) Unit Text: 9th Bn. Age: 33 Date of Death: 13/05/1918 Service No: 391193 N.B.: Recent research has shown that Lance Corporal Smith is buried here. The Commission is in the process of marking his grave. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot C Row A Grave 15 Cemetery: Orpington (All Saints) Churchyard


Age at death: 33
Full Name:
Lawson Akhurst Smith
Service, Regiment, Corps, etc:
London Regiment
Unit, Ship, etc:
9th Battalion (Queen Victoria’s Rifles)
Enlisted:
1 January 1915, London
Rank:
Lance Corporal
Decorations:
War (and theatre):
WW1
Date of Death:
13 May 1918
Manner of Death:
Suicide whilst suffering from shell shock
Home Department:
Board of Trade – Patent Office
Civilian Rank:
Second Division Clerk
Cemetery or Memorial:
Plot C , Row A 15 All Saints Churchyard Orpington Kent

Some of Lawson Smith’s Army medical papers have survived at the PRO. From these, and from the Board of Trade files, it is possible to piece together something of his tragic story.
For two years, Smith served at home with the 9th Battalion London Regiment (Queen Victoria’s Rifles) before being sent to France on 2 February 1917. He was there only 5 months, returning on 24 July, having been wounded and shell-shocked. His file describes his military character as “very good, steady and well conducted”; at some stage he had been promoted from Private to Lance Corporal. He was eventually discharged from the Army and confined to a mental home. He died from the effects of throwing himself out of a window while in a state of coma.
Lawson Smith was one of several borderline candidates for the Roll of Honour considered by the Board of Trade’s War Memorial Committee in 1923. He had not died “on active service”, though his death was very clearly a result of the war. The Committee decided that his name should be included, noting that it had already appeared on the Patent Office Memorial 1914-1918, now in Concept House, Newport (Board of Trade Roll of Honour, PRO, BT 13/111 and L A Smith, PRO, WO 364/3820)
He is listed in the Medal Rolls WO 372/18 as Private 3919
Details from 1901 census:
Address: 80 Croxted Road Camberwell
Alexander G Smith, Head, Age 42, Occupation Admiralty Staff Clerk, Born Eltham Kent
Annie Smith, Wife, Age 41, Born Eltham Kent
Lawson A Smith, Son, Age 16, Born Tooting, Surrey
Claud A Smith, Son, Age 14, Born Tooting, Surrey
Vera M Smith, Daughter, Age 10, Born Tooting, Surrey
Isabella Sycamore, Servant, Age 22, Born Lamarsh, Essex
Lawson Smith was married to May Elizabeth Gilruth on June 15 1910 in Ticehurst Kent and is buried with her in All Saints Old Churchyard Orpington (May died on 18 August 1964)
L A Smith is also commemorated on the Orpington War Memorial, the Roll of Honour at All Saint’s Church, Orpington, the Roll of Honour at St Andrew’s Church, St Mary’s Cray and the Roll of Honour at St Paul’s Crofton

After a great deal of further research by members of the project, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission have now accepted Lawson Akehurst Smith for inclusion to the Roll of Honour, this will be followed by his grave being marked in the near future.
Name:
SMITH, LAWSON AKHURST
Initials:
L A
Nationality:
United Kingdom
Rank:
Lance Corporal
Regiment/Service:
London Regiment (Queen Victoria’s Rifles)
Unit Text:
9th Bn.
Age:
33
Date of Death:
13/05/1918
Service No:
391193
N.B.:
Recent research has shown that Lance Corporal Smith is buried here. The Commission is in the process of marking his grave.
Casualty Type:
Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference:
Plot C Row A Grave 15
Cemetery:
Orpington (All Saints) Churchyard

 

 

 

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BIS marks Remembrance Day BIS marks Remembrance Day

BIS marks Remembrance Day

11 Nov 2014

BIS staff across the country fell silent at 11am today and took a moment to remember those who have fought and died in conflicts since the First World War.

The Secretary of State and Permanent Secretary were among those who laid wreaths at the base of the Board of Trade memorial in the foyer of 1 Victoria Street. Following the ceremony, they visited the display on the lower ground floor.

The display, which will remain in place until 14 November, puts faces to some of the names on the Board of Trade roll of honour, and sheds light on their individual stories. See the interactive map for more information about the 305 Board of Trade employees who died in the First World War.

Richard McDonald-Webb, Col. Ian Harris, Martin Donnelly and Vince Cable prepare to lay wreaths

Richard McDonald-Webb, Col. Ian Harris, Martin Donnelly and Vince Cable prepare to lay their wreaths

Secretary of State Vince Cable lays a wreath on behalf of BIS ministers and staff

Secretary of State Vince Cable lays a wreath on behalf of BIS ministers and staff

Permanent Secretary Martin Donnelly lays a wreath on behalf of relatives and friends

Permanent Secretary Martin Donnelly lays a wreath on behalf of relatives and friends

Colonel Ian Harris lays a wreath in memory of those with no known grave

Colonel Ian Harris lays a wreath in memory of those with no known grave

The wreaths were laid at the foot of the Board of Trade Memorial

The wreaths were laid at the foot of the Board of Trade Memorial

Vince Cable visits the display on the Lower Ground floor

Vince Cable visits the display on the Lower Ground floor

The servicemen gather after the ceremony

The servicemen gather after the ceremony

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I have scanned in my Grandfather’s War Medals.

He served as a Driver, in the Royal Horse Artillery, during the Boer War and as a Gunner, in the Royal Artillery, during the Great War.

He was an “Old Contemptible” and served through the whole of the War.

If anyone else has any WW1 medals they want posted onto the site please send me a photograph of them and an explanation.

Starting from the left. Queen's South Africa Medal with 5 Clasps, the King's South Africa Medal with 2 Clasps, the 1914-15 Star with Clasp which was awarded to those who came under close fire of the enemy, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.  My Grandfather was an "Old Contemptible" who served all the way through WW1.

Starting from the left. Queen’s South Africa Medal with 5 Clasps, the King’s South Africa Medal with 2 Clasps, the 1914-15 Star with Clasp (the Clasp was only awarded to those who came under close fire of the enemy), the British War Medal 1914-18 and the Victory Medal.

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