Victor was born in Wolverhampton in 1896, the son of Edward and Hannah Lawley. In 1901 they were living at 3 St Peter’s Square, Wolverhampton, along with Victor’s siblings Ida, Edward, William, Lucy, Alma and Edna. They were at the same address in 1911 with an additional daughter, Ena. Victor had become a telegraph boy for Wolverhampton Post Office.
Victor enlisted in the 8th Field Ambulance of the Royal Army Medical Corps (number 5891). On 16 October 1915, whilst collecting men who had fallen in battle, he was wounded himself, and died the same day. Details of his death were published in the Midland Counties Express on 30 October 1915. He is buried at the Poperinghe New Military Cemetery in Belgium. He is commemorated in St Peter’s Church.