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Private John R Lawman

15071 6th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment

John LawmanSon of Mr Albert & Mrs Sarah Jane Lawman

Aged 20 years

Died 26th September 1916

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
Pier & Face 11A & 11D.

Born at St Giles, Northampton, elisted at Northampton.
Brother of A E Lawman.
The Rushden Echo Friday 19 February 1915, transcibed by Nicky Bates

Rushden Brothers In the Same Company

We have previously reported that Lance-Corpl Albert Lawman, son of Mrs Lawman, of Orchard-place, Rushden, has been twice wounded, and he has now written to his mother to say he is resting. Mrs Lawman now has two sons at the front, as Private J Lawman, who joined Kitchener's Army and was put in the 3rd Battalion Northamptonshires, has been sent to the front and transferred to the 1st Battalion, so that he is now with his brother and they frequently meet. In letters recently written to his mother Pte J Lawman says:-

"Albert and I are all right and in the best of health. I see Albert everyday - he is Lance-Corporal in our company, so he is getting on all right. I am sorry to hear that young Cumberpatch* has been killed."

Writing under date Feb. 9th Lance-Corporal A E Lawman writes: "I suppose you know that John is in the same company as myself, and he is getting on all right. There are several Rushden chaps out here and I hear that Billy Green will soon be out here. We are now resting, and they think it will be a long rest. We are having a bit better weather now, and I am very pleased we are. I hope it will keep like it."

*But Harry did not die until 1916.

The Rushden Echo Friday 6 August 1915, transcibed by Nicky Bates

Rushden Soldier in Hospital for Five Months - His Brother Missing

Pte J Lawman (Rushden), of the 1st Northants, son of Mrs S Lawman, of Orchard-place, Rushden, has now arrived home after having been in hospital for five months altogether - at Boulogne, the 3rd London General Hospital, and Addington Park War Hospital, Croydon. He was sent into hospital at the front with enteric fever on March 14th after he had been in France since Jan. 26th. He has not been in the firing line and had therefore no experiences of actual fighting to recount.

Mrs Lawman has not yet received any news concerning her other son, Lce-Corpl A E Lawman, 9535, 1st Northants Regiment, B Company, who has been missing since May 9th. Mrs Lawman would be grateful to any of his comrades who can send her any information.

The Rushden Echo Friday 31 August 1917, transcibed by Nicky Bates

Rushden Soldier's Fate Pte John Lawman Reported dead - Mother's Double Bereavement

About eleven months ago we published the news that Pte John Lawman, of the Northants Regiment, eldest son of Mrs Lawman, of Orchard-place, Rushden, was missing from his unit. Until last week Mrs Lawman had received no further information concerning him, and we regret to report that he has now received an official notification that his death must now be presumed.

The late Pte Lawman, who was 21 years of age, enlisted on September 2nd, immediately following the outbreak of war. He contracted enteric fever whilst on the western front, and was sent home for about twelve months. He returned to France in May, 1916, and was reported missing on September 26th the same year. Prior to joining the Colours he was employed by Messrs. Knight and Lawrence, boot manufacturers, Rushden.

This is the second son Mrs Lawman has lost in the war; the other the late Lance-Corpl A E Lawman, being presumed to have died in July 1916, after he had been missing for twelve months.

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