Laurence, Dudley Sydney


He was the only son of the Reverend Frederick Spencer Laurence, of Holy Trinity Vicarage, Cambridge and came to Winchester from Mr. Storrs Fox’s school at Bakewell. He had intended to go up to Trinity College, Cambridge; and on leaving Winchester obtained a commission in the 6th Battalion Rifle Brigade. He was killed in action at the Battle of Le Transloy Ridge, during the Battle of the Somme, on 23rd October 1916.

The regular battalions had been shattered by the events on the first day of the Somme offensive in July but were reinforced by men from the reserve battalions.   Laurence was one such; another was Lieutenant John Stewart Blackie (H1910-1915 – see individual entry) who was killed in action at Le Transloy a couple of days previously.

 

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Laurence
  • Forenames or initials: Dudley Sydney
  • House: A
  • Years in School: 1911-1915
  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Rifle Brigade
  • Date of Birth: 28th July 1897
  • Date of Death: 23rd October 1916
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer G2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL: Grave XX.K.1