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In the scrapbook of First World War press cuttings held at Wolverhampton City Archives, there is a piece headed “A Wolverhampton Officer Wounded”, dated 1915. It states that a local barrister, Mr R. J. Lawrence, had received a telegram that his son, Second Lieutenant Alan Lawrence, had been wounded in the Dardanelles on the 21st August.

Alan Lawrence was born in 1891, and by 1901 was living with his parents, Richard and Grace Lawrence, at 62 Tettenhall Road. Also included in the household were Alan’s sisters, Margery and Monica, the servants Violet Granger and Annie Lawrence, and the governess, Lilian N. G. Baker. Alan was educated at Merton College, Oxford (“Melton College” according to the press cutting).

In August 1914 he volunteered for active service and joined the 7th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment. Alan appears to have survived the wounds that he sustained at the Dardanelles, as I have not found any record of his death.

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