DIVISIONAL UNIT: 5th Canadian Infantry Division
14th Infantry Brigade
161st Battalion - Huron County - Ontario
Canadian Infantry Corps
SERVICE NO: 654496
RESIDENCE: Auburn – Ontario
DATE OF BIRTH: January 25, 1896
Auburn – West Wawanosh Township – County of Huron – Ontario
DATE OF DEATH: October 5, 1917 21 years 8 months
CEMETERY: Witley (Milford) Cemetery – Milford –
Surrey - England
PARENT: Mrs. John Lawson – Auburn – Ontario
Occupation: Liveryman Religion: Church of England
Enlistment: February 21, 1916 – 161st Huron Battalion
Enlistment Age: 20 years
Private Lawson along with his comrades in the 161st Battalion left Ontario and travelled to Halifax where they boarded the S.S. Lapland for the journey to England and they arrived at Liverpool on November 11, 1916.
Upon their arrival the 161st went to Whitley Camp - Surrey for further training and to await for the time when they would go overseas and join their units.
Private Lawson had contacted septicaemia (blood poisoning) and this resulted in his death at Whitley Camp - Surrey. He died at 1:55 pm in No, 1 Sick Detention Hut.