Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1914, Lieutenant William Bernard Webster Lawson, 1st Battalion, the Scots Guards, was killed at Boesinghe on the Western Front.
The younger son of Colonel the Honourable William Webster Lawson D.S.O., and grandson of the First Baron Barnham, Lieutenant Lawson was educated at Eton, and appointed to the Scots Guards (his father’s regiment) in 1912. He attended the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst and received his commission in 1914.
On the day of his death Lieutenant Lawson was helping a French Territorial officer locate the correct route for his men when he was shot and killed by a sniper. The letter he had written home that day was received by his family (along with a letter from Lieutenant Lawson’s commanding officer praising him for his conduct in the field and his popularity) days after they had been notified of his death. That day his younger brother left for the front, serving with the Buckinghamshire Yeomanry. Lieutenant Lawson has no known grave, and is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing at Ypres.
William, from Kintbury in Berkshire, was 21 years old.