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Private 2009 William Herbert Lawton

1st Warwickshire Yeomanry
Drowned on 11th April 1915 aged 19. William was on the transport ship HMS Wayfarer when it was torpedoed by U32 60 miles off the Scilly Islands. The ship was transporting horses and men to Eygpt.

  • Commemorated: Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton, Hampshire
  • Awarded: 1915 Star?, British Way and Victory Medals
  • Son of William and Jane Lawton
  • NNWFHS Memorial: Polesworth St Editha

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1911 Census and Family History Information

  • Born c1896 in Polesworth
  • Employed as a Farmers Son Working on Farm
  • Lived at The Hermitage, Polesworth

    Details of the Events of 11th April 1915
    The regiment mobilised in August 1914, but remained in England until 1915, when they sailed for Egypt with 2nd Mounted Division. During the move, the horse transport Wayfarer was torpedoed on 11 April 1915 having just left Avonmouth; although she did not sink, the horses had to be rescued. Volunteers of the regiment saved 763 horses, receiving a Military Cross and twelve Meritorious Service Medals.

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