South Staffordshire War Memorials

Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the South Staffordshire area who died during the two World Wars.

Moses Lawrence M.M.

According to the census of 1901, Moses was born in Priorslee, Shropshire in about 1895. He may be the Moses Lawrence who was registered in Wellington Registration District at the end of 1894.

In 1901, aged 6, Moses was an inmate in Shifnal Union Workhouse. In 1906 he was taken in by Samuel and Myra Lockitt of Ivy House Farm, Codsall Wood. Samuel and Myra were childless and later adopted Moses. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records that Moses was 'Foster son of Maria Lockitt of Wheaton Aston, Stafford'.

Moses joined the East Yorkshire Regiment in May 1916. He went to France in September 1916 with the 1/4 Battalion but was transferred to the 11th Battalion soon afterwards. He was promoted several times being confirmed in rank as Corporal at the end of 1917. At some point Moses was awarded the Military Medal (London Gazette 16 July, 1918).

Moses went missing on 12th April 1918 during the Battle of Hazebrouck and was later presumed dead. He is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium.

Corporal Moses Lawrence, 28067 (formerly 151495 RFA), was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. He also received the Military Medal.

This memorial has mostly been compiled from official sources. It would be good to be able to expand it with more personal material - memories, stories, photos, etc. If you have any suitable material or any corrections please contact Greg.