Lawford, Herbert Martin Benson


He was the son of Martin Benson Lawford of Trewern, Oswestry. He came to Winchester from Moorland House, Heswall, and went up to Oriel College, Oxford in 1905,  subsequently entering the legal profession and becoming a partner in the firm of Longueville & Co., solicitors, of Oswestry.

When war broke out he immediately volunteered and obtained a commission in the 9th Battalion Royal Fusiliers. He went to France in May 1915, served through the Battle of Loos and was wounded in March 1916 before the Hohenzollern Redoubt, near Hulluch. He returned to the front a few months later and took part in the attack on Ovillers, which caused heavy casualties, amongst whom were two Wykehamists: 2nd Lieutenant Arthur Basil Kemball Cook (College 1898-1904 and Staff) and Captain the Hon. Roland Philipps MC (F 1903-9107) (see individual entries). He fell on October 7th 1916 while leading his company to the attack near Gueudecourt. Another OW casualty of this attack was Private Basil William Miller (D 1903-1904) (see individual entry).

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Lawford
  • Forenames or initials: Herbert Martin Benson
  • House: F
  • Years in School: 1901-1905
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Royal Fusiliers
  • Date of Birth: 22nd August 1887
  • Date of Death: 7th October 1916
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer C1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL: Panel 8C, 9A and 16A