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Arthur Walter Lacey Lawson, with his wife Johanna Louisa Liebelt and son Cyril Arthur Lawson.  Courtesy Ivan Probert.

Arthur Walter Lacey Lawson, with his wife Johanna Louisa Liebelt and son Cyril Arthur Lawson. Courtesy Ivan Probert.

Arthur Walter Lacey Lawson was born 20 April 1889 in the Barossa.  He was a railway porter in the SA Railways.

Parents : James Lacey Lawson and Louisa Gangell were married 6 August 1879 at Gawler, South Australia.  Arthur was married to Johanna Louisa Liebelt on 22 June 1912 at St Paul’s Church, Hahndorf and they had one son, Cyril Arthur who was born in 1913.

Enlisted : Number 6587.  30 September 1916 at Mount Barker.  27th Battalion

Action : Sailed from Adelaide 24 January 1917 on the Miltiades.  Spent significant time in hospital with bronchitis and mumps before joining his unit in France on 17 July 1918.  Victory Medal.  See AIF projectAustralian War Memorial and National Archives for further information.

Died : Killed in action 8 August 1918 near Villers-Bretonneux, France.

Buried :  Re-buried at Villers-Bretonneux Memorial(plot 12, row B, grave no. 8), Fouilloy, France


Family:

  1. Catherine Mina (born Cockatoo Valley, SA 17 April 1880, died 10 May 1966 Croydon, Vic, married name Young)
  2. James Lacey (born Cockatoo Valley, SA 28 April 1882)
  3. George Albert (born Barossa, SA 15 January 1885, died 1886)
  4. Herbert Henry Lacey (born Barossa, SA 22 November 1886, died Barossa, SA 5 September 1960)
  5. Arthur Walter Lacey (born Barossa, SA 20 April 1889, died France, 8 August 1818)
  6. Ann Louisa Lacey (born Monarto, SA 10 November 1891, married name Norton)
  7. Thomas John Lacey (born Monarto, SA 11 July 1894) – known as Lacey
  8. Jane Lydia Lacey (born Monarto, SA 14 July 1897, died 2 September 1965, married name Leonard)

Two of Arthur’s brothers also fought in the war, Thomas and Herbert. Both were wounded.

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