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Lawrence Vitty was born in Wolverhampton in 1894. In the 1901 census, he is listed together with his mother Mary and a boarder (William Cook) at 108 Dunstall Road. His father, Lawrence W. Vitty, had died in 1900. Lawrence junior worked at Mander Brothers Ltd paint works prior to the outbreak of the war.

Vitty enlisted in the 6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 2650). He served with the unit until he was wounded during the attack on the Hohenzollern Redoubt on 13 October 1915. On recovering from his injuries, Lawrence Vitty was posted back to the 1/6th Battalion. He was killed in action during his battalion’s unsuccessful attack at Gommecourt on 1 July 1916. He is commemorated at Foncquevillers Military Cemetery in France, as well as on the memorial to the Mander Brothers employees killed during the Great War.

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