The son of Alfred and Maria (nee Bottley) Albiston, Laurence’s birth is registered in the March quarter of 1898 in Wolverhampton. Laurence’s mother Maria died shortly afterwards on 8 May in hospital, and Laurence and his brother Alfred went to live with their aunt and uncle. A toolmaker, Laurence was listed in the 1901 census as living with his aunt and uncle William and Fanny Piddock at 16 Chester Street. By 1911, the household had moved to 91 Bright Street, Wolverhampton.
Laurence enlisted on 6 February 1916 and was posted to the Royal Army Service Corps at Woolwich, Regiment number 334073. On 19 May 1917 he was transferred to Grove Park. His military records have survived but are difficult to read. He fought in Belgium and France and, other than a bout of gastralgia (abdominal pain) in June 1918, he appears to have survived unscathed. He obtained the General Service and Victory Medals, and was demobilised in June 1919.
After the war, Laurence was demobbed 4 May 1919. He later married Florence Ada Perks in Bromsgrove in 1925, and they had a daughter Lorna born in Bilston in 1932. He died on 21 March 1960, aged 62 years. His address at the time of his death was Wayside, Blakeley Green, Wolverhampton.