Lawson, Second Lieutenant Percy Harold

No 68 (Australian) Sqn RFC

Percy Lawson came from Largs Bay, South Australia. He was 18 and a Boiler Maker, when he joined the 9th Light Horse at Keswick, SA, on 19 July 1915. After some transfers to other units he was posted back to the 9th Light Horse and departed Adelaide on HMAT A24 Benalla on 25 October 1915 to join his unit in Egypt. In June 1916 he was sent to England for hospital treatment. After discharge, and infantry training, he was posted to the 48th Battalion on the Western Front in December. He was evacuated to England in January 1917 after suffering a gunshot wound in the thigh. A move to the AFC came in June when he applied for pilot training. After graduation as a pilot, he was commissioned in October, and posted to No 68 (Australian) Sqn, RFC in France in November.

He was killed in an aircraft accident while flying from Baizieux to Auchel on 6 January 1918 when flying SE 5a B55. The aeroplane spun and crashed at No 43 Sqn’s aerodrome at Lozinghem.

2Lt P H Lawson is buried in Grave VIII A 7 at Lapugnoy Military Cemetery, France.

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