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Lawrence Frederic Corson (Service no. 24306) was a First World War soldier with links to New Brighton

Lawrence (sometimes spelt ‘Laurence’) Frederic Corson was born on the 26th March, 1891, the only son of Frederick Robert and Amelia Rachel Corson. His father was a leader in the flour milling industry. Lawrence had a sister, Amelia Hilda (born in 1883).

He was educated at Mr. Wilson’s Private School, Cranmer Square, and then he worked as a clerk at the Union Bank of Australia. Prior to the start of the First World War, he had been a keen soldier, and had gained a commission in the Coast Defence Territorials as a company commander. He married Minnie Ethel Smart on the 21st March, 1916, then left for Trentham in April.

At Trentham he did the usual two months training, after which he received a commission in the 17th Reinforcements, and then was transferred to C Company, 21st Reinforcements in September. But then he became ill with pleurisy, which they thought was aggravated by him being in service, and was sent home on sick leave on 4th October, where Dr. Stevens of New Brighton looked after him. He was confined to bed for the next eight months.

He was interviewed by a medical team on 16th February, 1917, who recommended a discharge from the Army. Later, complications set in, and he died at his home in Hawke Street, New Brighton on 14th June, 1917, aged 26.

He was given a full military funeral two days later. A gun carriage, draped with the Union Jack, and bearing his sword, belt and cap, left his home for Linwood Cemetery. The service was attended by various well-known residents of Bromley and New Brighton. He was described as having been ‘a smart soldier, a splendid sport, and a gentleman’. His grave is located in Linwood Cemetery, Christchurch, Block 47; Plot 273.


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Lawrence Frederic Corson

First Names:Lawrence Frederic
Last Name:Corson