Diamond War Memorial Project

Private Frederick Lawrence

1st/3rd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Regimental Number 5955
Born: ---- Died: 1915-03-09 Aged: 38 Enlisted: Belfast.

Name commemorated on the Diamond War Memorial.

Son of Fred Lawrence, Ipswich. Husband of Maggie Lawrence, 2, Orchard Lane, Bridge Street, Londonderry.

Frederick Lawrence had quite a remarkable career. He was in the first draft of the Inniskilling Fusiliers who left Ireland at the outbreak of the Boer War, and he came through that campaign unscathed. He had many exciting adventures, but these were entirely surpassed by his experiences during the First World War. He went out with the first batch of his regiment and took part in several engagements. He was invalided home, and a few weeks before his death rejoined his regiment at Ebrington Barracks. He succumbed on Tuesday, March 9, 1915, to a fatal attack of pneumonia. As a ferry boatman he was well known, and amongst the National Volunteers he was very popular, having prominently identified himself with the movement as an instructor. His wife and four children resided at Bridge Street, Derry.

On Thursday, March 11, 1915, Private Lawrence was interred with military honours in Londonderry City Cemetery. The impressive military funeral attracted considerable attention in the city as the cortege to the strains of funeral music proceeded to the Cemetery. At the graveside three volleys were fired and the Last Post was sounded.