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Thomas Lawrie PTE THOS LAWRIE 7TH S.R.

8229 Private Thomas Brown Lawrie

2nd Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

died of wounds 28th February 1915

aged 29

Boulogne Eastern Cemetery
Pittenweem War Memorial

Gryfe View, Bridge of Weir
Son of David Lawrie and Jane Brown

His Life

Thomas Brown Lawrie was born on 14th October 1885 at Kingsbarns, Fife, the third of a family of four born to David Lawrie, a journeyman mason originally from England and Jane Brown, from Crail, Fife, who had married in Crail on 22nd September, 1878.

In 1881 David (28), Jane (29), and their first child James were living with Jane's parents in Pittowie Farm House, Crail, Fife. David was working as a mason.

In 1891 the Lawrie family of six was living at School Wynd, Pittenweem, Fife. Thomas (5) was at school.

In 1901 the family was in 2 Back-gate, Pittenweem. David was now described as a builder, son James a mason, daughter Mary a dressmaker, and Thomas (15) a railway-clerk apprentice.

In 1911, the family was still in 2 Back-gate, although James and Mary had left the family home. Thomas (25) was by now a mason and younger brother David a joiner, perhaps both employed in their father's masonry business.

Sometime between 1911 and the start of the war, Thomas took up employment as a mason with John Cumming, builder, in Kilmacolm and found accommodation in Gryffe View, Bridge of Weir.

Thomas Lawrie volunteered in September 1914 and one local newspaper has him signing up for the Royal Engineers, but the report of his death 8 months later in the same newspaper places him in the 2nd Battalion, Scottish Rifles (for which there is a corresponding "Soldiers Died in the Great War" record, one of the comparatively few Fifers to have enlisted in Glasgow). Another anomaly arises in the memorial having him in 7th Battalion, Scottish Rifles, which in February 1915 was still in the UK and would not see action until June 1915 at Gallipoli.

However, in the absence of stronger evidence to the contrary, 8229 Private Thomas Lawrie who first joined the theatre of war in France on 27th December 1914 is the one on the memorial. The 2nd Battalion formed part of 23rd Brigade, 8th Division. Thomas was hospitalised on 9th February 1915 when he was struck by a bullet while building up trench sandbags in the front line. His war in France had lasted only two months when he died in Boulogne Hospital on 28th February 1915 after developing pneumonia.


1881 Census 1891 Census 1901 Census 1911 Census Birthplace
Name Age Name Age Name Age Name Age
James1 James11James21Kingsbarns, Fife
Mary9Mary19Kingsbarns, Fife
Thomas5Thomas15Thomas25Kingsbarns, Fife
David1David11David21Pittenweem, Fife


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