Harrison, Laurance Tomly: Service no. 928754


Digitized Service Record

Source: 153rd (Wellington) Battalion

Commemorated at the Fergus War Memorial.

Find-A-Grave France

Find-A-Grave Canada

Mentioned in letter by Signaller Cushie:

Longmoor Ranges  Hants, Eng

August 12th, 1917

Dear Mother & Father:-

This is Sunday afternoon and most of the boys have gone to Peterfield, about 7 miles from here, but I am trying to keep cool in a little bush near the camp. Harrison from Fergus is my companion and as he had the misfortune to dislocate his shoulder the other day I am acting as his nurse today.

We have been having a fine time down here this last week.  We have been down to the Ranges shooting every day and we have all done fairly well so far.  We are only on the ranges half a day and the rest of the day we have to ourselves which is a great change from Bramshott.

We have had fine weather ever since we came here although it was rather wet when we arrived.

There are a lot of Imperial troops near here – mostly conscripts.  They all seem fairly young too.

Some things are much cheaper around here because the Imperial troops can’t afford to pay so much as Canadians.  I think they just get about two shillings a day which is less than half of what we get.  For example the other night we went to a picture show which cost us the magnificent sum of one penny while up in camp we can’t go to a picture show costing less than sixpence.

We have the enjoyment of a fine swimming bath right near the camp.  It is only about 3 feet deep at the deepest place but the water is clean and a swim is very refreshing on a hot day.

I didn’t get any mail from home last week although there was a Canadian mail came in but I expect there will be some waiting for me when we go back to camp on Wednesday.

I haven’t much news this time so will close.



“Sgt. Lawrence Harrison of Fergus was killed in action on the 8th of August. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. H.L. Harrison, a good student and athlete. He enlisted with the 153rd Battalion in March 1916, when only sixteen years of age, and went overseas a year later. He was above his average in musketry and was sent to France with the signallers in 1918 in the Headquarters Staff of the 18th Battalion, and won promotion to his Sergeancy on the field.”
“Southampton Cenotaph – Laurance T. Harrison was born on January 3rd, 1900 in Southampton, Ontario. He enlisted in the CEF on March 23rd, 1916 in Fergus, Ontario, listing his occupation as a clerk. He had two years prior military experience in his High School Cadet Corps. He is remembered on the Southampton Cenotaph. This war memorial includes plaques with the names of men from World Wars 1 & 2. The WWI list is inscribed: “In grateful remembrance of the men of Southampton who fought and died in the Great War”. Southampton is in Bruce County, Ontario and is the oldest port on the Bruce Coast. This photograph was taken by Mr. Clive Freeman in the summer of 2002.”
“KILLED IN ACTION” During the attack on Marcelcave on the morning of August 8th, 1918, he was instantly killed by the explosion of an enemy shell.

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