Lawson, Arthur Bertram
He was the son of Sir Arthur Tredgold Lawson, Bart., J.P., and Louisa, (nee O’Brien of County Armagh) of Weetwood Grange, Leeds. His elder brother was Sir Digby Lawson, 2nd Baronet, JP, TD, BA (E1895-1898), whose son Lieutenant James Alexander Bertram Lawson (E1937-1941) RN (FAA), of HMS Glory, was killed in an air accident in 1946.
Arthur Lawson came to Winchester from Lockers’ Park, Hemel Hempstead. He passed through Sandhurst and was gazetted in 1901 to the 11th Hussars. The following year he was promoted to Lieutenant and by 1909 was a Captain. After some months on the Brigade and Divisional Staff he was appointed in May 1918 to command a battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment, with the temporary rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Brigadier General Pagan wrote of him that he was absolutely fearless, very able and devoted to the welfare of his men.
He fell in action between Calonne-sur-Lys and Robecq on June 24th 1918.
His Brigadier wrote: “He was walking in front of his line on the south side of the Noc stream, he had gone out alone to satisfy himself personally as to certain enemy dispositions. He was seen a few yards from a German post and then disappeared behind a hedge. The sound of rifle shots and bombs was heard and he was not seen again. His body was found some days later and buried close to the Noc (Robecq)… To the 2/5th Glosters it was like a personal bereavement”. He had been awarded the D.S.O in April 1918 and a posthumous Bar in September 1918. He had been three times mentioned in Despatches and had received the Russian Order of St Stanislas.
- Surname: Lawson
- Forenames or initials: Arthur Bertram
- House: E
- Years in School: 1896-1900
- Rank: Major
- Regiment: 11th Hussars
- Date of Birth: 18th December 1882
- Date of Death: 24th June 1918
- How Died: Killed in action
- Location in War Cloister: Outer A6
- Decoration: D.S.O. & Bar; The Order of St Stanislas
- Burial Site: ST VENANT-ROBECQ ROAD BRITISH CEMETERY, ROBECQ: Grave III.C.12