Richard Ernest Lawson, born 1884 in Beverley, was the son of James and Elizabeth Ann Lawson (nee Wallis).
At age 16 Richard was a gardener's assistant working for his father James, a florist, seedsman and gardener based at Westwood Road, Beverley. In 1905 when Richard signed the attestation form for the Coldstream Guards it indicated that he had been a butcher prior to enlisting. Richard was in the 1st Lincolnshire Battalion (regular army) where his rank was private in 1911 and 1918, acting Sergeant in 1921, and a sergeant in 1925. He was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Richard married Dorothy Sladdin in 1919, and they had a daughter Betty. In September 1925, aged 40 Richard died in Louth, Lincolnshire.
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