LAWRENCE, Ernest Edward
(Service number 2/1862)
|First Rank||Driver||Last Rank||Driver|
|Date||25 May 1892||Place of Birth||Hayes, Middlesex, England|
|Date||17 April 1915||Age||22|
|Address at Enlistment||Grosvenor Hotel, Timaru, New Zealand|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Mr E.G. Lawrence (father), Sherington Ave, Manor Park, Essex, England|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Medical Information||Height 5 foot 5 inches, fair complexion, blue eyes, fair hair, weight 130 lbs, chest 33 inches|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||5th Reinforcements|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||NZ Field Artillery|
|Date||30 August 1915|
|Embarked From||Wellington, New Zealand||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
|Other Units Served With||3 Brigade, NZ Divisional Artillery, 11 Battery RNZA (as cook)|
|Last Unit Served With||NZ Field Artillery|
|Campaigns||Egyptian, Gallipoli, & Western Europe|
|Service Medals||1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
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|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
|Date||7 June 1919||Reason||End of war|
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Ernest was born at Hayes, Middlesex, England, on 25 May 1892, to Mr E.G. Lawrence, Sherington Avenue, Manor Park, Essex, England.
Prior to enlisting for service with the NZEF, he was employed as a barman at the Grosvenor Hotel, Timaru. Joining up on 17 April 1915, he was described as being aged 22, single, 5 foot 5 inches tall, of fair complexion, eyes blue, hair fair, weight 130 lbs and chest measuring 33 inches and of the Anglican persuasion. He listed his father in England as his next of kin. After initial training, he embarked with the 5th reinforcements from Wellington on 30 August 1915, aboard HMTS Southland, bound for Suez, Egypt.
Arriving on 24 July 1914, he served with 3 Brigade NZ Field Artillery in Egypt and Gallipoli before embarking for service in France on 7 April 1916. He had a varied service life on the Western Front having served as a cook for short periods between his gunnery stints. After hostilities, he boarded the Kia Ora in England on 27 March 1919, arriving back in NZ 9 May 1919, and received his final discharge from the army on 7 June 1919. For his service he received the 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
It is thought he returned to England, as his address in February 1920, was the Spur Hotel, Mortlake, Surrey, England.
Auckland Museum Cenotaph database (June 2015); Archives NZ (Personal File); ancestry.com.au
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