DIVISIONAL UNIT: 4th Canadian Infantry Division 10th Infantry Brigade 47th Battalion - Western Ontario Canadian Infantry Corps RESIDENCE: Belmore - Ontario BIRTH: Belmore - Turnberry Township - County of Huron - Ontario MEMORIAL: Vimy Memorial - Vimy - Pas de Calais - France MOTHER: Mrs. Mary Lawrence - Belmore - Ontario Personal: Height was 5' 5" and weight was 130 pounds with a medium complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. John was raised in the Methodist faith and earned his living as a farm labourer.
Private Lawrence embarked from Canada on the SS Metagama and he arrived in Liverpool on October 17, 1916. In February of 1918 he transfers to the 4th Reserve Battalion - Witley Camp - Surrey and then transfers to the 47th Battalion. He embarked from England and went overseas into France in March 1918 and before joining his unit he spends time at the Canadian Base Depot and Reinforcement Camp. He joins his unit in the field on August 14, 1918. The weather on September 3rd was good weather and visibility with winds from the south-east. At 11 am the advance began to move forward with the 46th Battalion leading and the 47th following in support. The 47th advanced in open formation on a two Company front and then conformed with the line established by the 50th Battalion on the left. The line was secured but the casualties were high and this was because the enemy had good vantage points in Oisy la Verger and from observation balloons he was using. As the 47th crossed the summit of Mont Dury Bridge the enemy artillery barrage began to fall on them and here the area was exposed and devoid of any cover. The enemy was using high explosive shells with instantaneous fuses and he was also using gas shells. Private Lawrence was killed in action while he was advancing wit the men of his Company at St Quentin which was somewhat west of Ecourt. As they advanced an enemy high explosive shell fell among them and Private Lawrence was killed immediately. He had been at the front for just three weeks. During the advance of September 3rd the 47th Battalion casualties were 20 men killed and 64 men wounded.