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138211   Private Robert George Lawson
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 29/07/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 3rd Battalion, Canadian Pioneers (Canadian Army)
Date Of Birth: 24/03/1892
Died: 04/10/1916 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 24
George Robert Lawson was the son of William John and Matilda Lawson. He was born on 23rd March 1893 in Dungannon, County Tyrone. The 1911 census records 19 year old George as still living with the family. The family now lives at Miltown (South Side), Dungannon. George is a Wining Master. His father William is a Provisions Merchant. George Robert Lawson served for one year with the Ulster Volunteers before emigrating to Canada in 1915.George was working as a grocery packer before enlisting. George Robert Lawson enlisted in Toronto on 9th September 1915. Private George Robert Lawson was serving with the 3rd Battalion of the Canadian Pioneers when he died of gun shot wounds received in the vicinity of Regina Trench, France on 4th October 1916, aged 23.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Etaples Military Cemetery
  Etaples, Pas De Calais, 4
Grave Ref: Grave XI-F-15
CWGC Casualty 497412
Étaples is a town about 27 kilometres south of Boulogne. The Military Cemetery is to the north of the town, on the west side of the road to Boulogne. During the First World War, the area around Étaples was the scene of immense concentrations of Commonwealth reinforcement camps and hospitals. It was remote from attack, except from aircraft, and accessible by railway from both the northern or the southern battlefields. In 1917, 100,000 troops were camped among the sand dunes and the hospitals, which included eleven general, one stationary, four Red Cross hospitals and a convalescent depot, could deal with 22,000 wounded or sick. In September 1919, ten months after the Armistice, three hospitals and the Q.M.A.A.C. convalescent depot remained.
Local Memorial Details

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1 Dungannon War Memorial - WWI - Panel 2 Dungannon
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Lawson family Lists George as age 9 living with the family at house 12 in Breezes Row, Dungannon
2 1910 Ulster Towns Directory - Dungannon Lawson, Wm. J., grocer, Milltown
3 1911 Census lists Lawson family Lists Robert George as age 19 living with the family at house 10 in Miltown (South Side), Dungannon
4 2nd Presbyterian Dungannon George Robert Lawson, died of wounds
5 Canadian Great War Project Details of Private Robert George Lawson
6 Canadian Virtual War Memorial Details of George Robert Lawson including photo
7 Circumstances of Death Registers Details of Private Robert George Lawson's death
8 Etaples Cemetery Information on George Robert Lawson including photo
9 Robert George Lawson Attestation Papers Canadian Military documents (34 no.)
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2023