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Name William Lawson
Nick Name "Willy"
Last Known Address 41 Northumberland Street, Sunderland.
Family Circumstances Son of John Robert and Mary Jane Lawson. William was the second eldest of eight children.

Unit of Service Royal Artillery
Number and Rank Bugler
Date & Place of Death 6th October 1930. Sunderland Royal Infirmary
Grave Location
(if known)
Bishopwearmouth Cemetary, Sunderland
Where Commemorated
(if known)
The Durham Mining Museum website.  (link below).


Details of any Medals, conflict, training or operations which the deceased had participated in during service.


Willy was a Bugler at the time his death with the Royal Artillery.  He served with the Local Territorial Reserve based at Bishopwearmouth Green in Sunderland.. His ambition was to join the Regular Army when he was old enough.


Other general information. online links, images etc.

Willy was born at the family home in Northunberland Street in May 1916. It is believed he attended Green Terrace Primary School then he moved to Cowan Terrace Jumior School.

Willy worked at Wearmouth Colliery. Whilst at work he hurt his ankle and chose to ignore the injury. Below is a summary of the injury and the sad death of Willy in 1930.


Below is Willy's entry of Birth in the Central Register.

(7 th from bottom in left hand column).

Below is the Durham Mining Museum commemoration.

Click here: Durham Mining Museum


Willy's death entry in the Central Register.

(23rd down in left hand column).


Below are copies of the reports of Willy's tragic death.

The Sunderland Echo Report on 7th October 1930.



Local Historian  Jack Curtis compiled a summary of events fo the family.


page 1

Page 2


The Death Notices in the Sunderland Echo on 7th October 1930.




LAWSON. — At Royal Infirmary, Sunderland on Monday, October 6, aged 14½ years. William, the dearly loved nephew of Thomas and Annie Green, 24 Silver Street, Deeply mourned.

LAWSON. — At Royal Infirmary, through an accident at Wearmouth Colliery, on October 6, 1930, aged 14½, William, the dearly beloved son of John Robert and Mary Jane Lawson, of 41 Northumberland Street. Interment at Bishopwearmouth Cemetery on Thursday, cortege leaving residence at 2.0 for service in St. Peter's Church, Green Street. Full military funeral.




















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