Pinsent, Laurance Alfred


He was the fourth son of Sir Richard Alfred Pinsent CBE., DSO, Legion of Honour, President of the Law Society, and Laura, daughter of Thomas Ryland. The family lived at Selly Wick, near Birmingham and also at Priors Barton, Kingsgate Road, Winchester. He was one of three Wykehamist brothers, another of whom, Second Lieutenant Philip Ryland Pinsent (E, 1911-1915), Royal Flying Corps was killed in September 1916  (see individual entry).  Laurance entered College from Horris Hill, became a Prefect and played in VIs in his last year. In October 1913, he went up to Trinity College, Oxford.

Within a month of the outbreak of war he had obtained his commission in the 7th Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment and was sent to the Dardanelles at the beginning of July 1915. On August 10th, at a scene of action known as “The Farm”, he rallied his men several times under heavy fire and finally extricated them from a dangerous position. He was killed a few days later, on August 15th, by a stray bullet while visiting the fire-trenches. His name appeared in one of Sir Ian Hamilton’s Despatches.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Pinsent
  • Forenames or initials: Laurance Alfred
  • House: College
  • Years in School: 1908-1913
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: North Staffordshire Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 17th October 1894
  • Date of Death: 15th August 1915
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer E5
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on SPECIAL MEMORIAL 44 OF NO 2 OUTPOST CEMETERY, ANZAC COVE, GALLIPOLI