Booth, Laurence Elliott

He was the fifth son of Frank Henry Arthur Booth and Florence Eliza Booth of Old Woking, and entered the School from Hill House, St. Leonards. He was an original member of Kingsgate House and became a House Prefect and a member of Commoner XV, and won many swimming prizes. He passed in 1910 into Woolwich and was gazetted to the R.F.A. in 1912.

He went to France with the 5th Division in August 1914 where, with the exception of two short intervals, caused by accidents and wounds, he was employed continuously on active service until his death. He saw action at Mons and Le Cateau. He was awarded the M.C. in August 1915, a Bar in October 1917, was twice mentioned in Despatches and won a wide reputation as a successful battery commander.

He fell between Neuve Eglise and Dranoutre on April 13th 1918, at the most dangerous moment of the offensive directed by the enemy towards Hazebrouck. The non-commissioned officers and men of his battery – D, 38th Brigade – acting on their own initiative, subscribed a large sum for the erection of a memorial to him.

Major Booth married in 1917 Miss Elizabeth Jane Thorp.

He had a letter published in the Wykehamist of December 1914 describing his life at that time on the front line. He had captained the Woolwich Association XI and played for the R.A. at cricket and golf.

His older brother was Leonard Cyprian Giffard Booth (B 1895-1900) whose son, Flying Officer Francis Henry Giffard Booth (B1937-1942) was killed in action flying with 11 Squadron RAAF in Korea on 27th January 1953).


War: World War 1

  • Surname: Booth
  • Forenames or initials: Laurence Elliott
  • House: K
  • Years in School: 1905-1910
  • Rank: Major
  • Regiment: Royal Field Artillery
  • Date of Birth: 5th April 1892
  • Date of Death: 13th April 1918
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer D6
  • Decoration: M.C. & Bar