Sapper Alec Lawson

24 Sep 1944

  • Mentioned in Despatches medal

Alec Lawson was the son of John and Elsie Lawson, of Yeovil, Somerset. He enlisted in The Royal Engineers and volunteered for Airborne forces.

Sapper Lawson successfully completed parachute training at RAF Ringway and was posted to 9th (Airborne) Field Company, Corps of Royal Engineers, and took part in Operation Market Garden, (Arnhem).

Spr Lawson was killed in action on 24 September 1944, aged 24. He is known to have been killed on or near the Sonnenberg estate, having dedicated himself to the courageous task of helping casualties to a first aid post, probably in the house on the western corner of Utrechtseweg and Hoofdlaan (Roll of Honour, 5th revised edition, 2011), and is commemorated on the Groesbeek Memorial to the missing.

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