Lawson, James Alexander Bertram

He was the elder son of Sir Digby Lawson, 2nd Baronet JP, TD., BA (E 1985-1898) of North Cheriton Manor, Somerset.  His mother was Victoria Francis Maud Lawson, daughter of Colonel J E B Baillie MVO of Dochfour, Inverness.   He had a brother who also came to Winchester, Arthur Simon Albert Lawson (E 1938-1942).  Their uncle, Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Bertram Lawson DSO (E 1896-1900) was killed in action in June 1918 (see individual entry).

When Lawson arrived at Winchester, he was one of the smallest boys ever to come to the school, but he quickly made up for this with his sense of humour and his character.   One of his chief interests lay in shooting, at which he captained his house for his last year at the school.

He left in 1941 to join the Navy and was selected for the Fleet Air Arm, going to Canada for his flying training.   He qualified as a pilot in 1944 and was posted to 837 squadron aboard HMS Glory.

The surrender of Japanese forces on Rabaul was signed on 6th September 1945 by General Imamura on the flight deck of HMS Glory.

On March 2nd 1946 the carrier docked at Auckland in New Zealand, and Corsairs of 14 Squadron RNZAF were loaded: the squadron was going to Japan as part of the Allied occupation forces. HMS Glory left Auckland on March 8th.

Lawson was accidentally killed while serving with the Fleet Air Arm aboard HMS Glory in the Pacific on June 18th 1946.

Lawson, who died at the age of twenty-two, is commemorated in bay 6, panel 41 of the Lee-on-Solent Memorial.


War: World War 2

  • Surname: Lawson
  • Forenames or initials: James Arthur Bertram
  • House: E
  • Years in School: 1937-1941
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Royal Navy (Fleet Air Arm)
  • Date of Birth: 10th October 1923
  • Date of Death: 18th June 1946
  • How Died: Killed in a Flying Accident
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner E2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Commemorated on Panel 41, Bay 6 of the Lee on Solent Memorial