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  • A Second War Memorial Cross to Private William Lawlor
  • A Second War Memorial Cross to Private William Lawlor
  • A Second War Memorial Cross to Private William Lawlor

Item: C2434

A Second War Memorial Cross to Private William Lawlor


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A Second War Memorial Cross to Private William Lawlor

A Second War Memorial Cross to Private William Lawlor - George VI (C.101456 Pte. W. LAWLOR). Naming is officially engraved. Scratches on the reverse, extremely fine. In its hardshelled case of issue, worn liner, case fine. Accompanied by copies of his Attestation Paper, Service Records, Discharge Certificate, Estates Branch Document, Death Confirmation and Awards Record.   Footnote: William Lawlor was born in Glasgow, Scotland on August 12, 1917, the son of William Lawlor and Emilie Lawlor (later Emilie Doohan). He had two brothers (Joseph and Daniel) and one sister (Agnes). His father died while the family was in Scotland, with his mother re-marrying Michael Doohan, which gave Lawlor three half-bothers (Michael, John and James) and two half-sisters (Emily and Theresa). He attended Public School in Scotland and Arnprior, Ontario. Prior to enlistment, he had been employed as truck driver delivering parcels for a local grocery shop, with Kenwood Mills in Arnprior as a spinner and as a hard rock miner on a drill machine with Wright Hargraves Mines in Kirkland Lake, Ontario. He was a resident of Galetta, Ontario when he signed his Attestation Paper with the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps on September 24, 1942 at Ottawa, Ontario, at the age of 25, naming his next-of-kin as his wife, Marjorie Mildred Lawlor of Galetta (later Stittsville, Ontario), stating that he had thirty days previous military service (Non-Permanent Active Militia) as a trainee in Brockville, from November to December 1940, that he was Married and that his trade was that of Truck Driver. The couple had two boys, William Garry Lawlor and Robert Glenn Lawlor. Private Lawlor completed basic and advanced army service corps training at Camp Borden, Ontario, where he qualified as a Driver (I.C.) Class III Wheel, on December 31, 1942. He went overseas in March 1943 and served throughout the war as a Truck Driver. Before leaving the United Kingdom for the European thetare, he was admitted to No. 8 General Hospital on April 27, 1943, where he was diagnosed with "Balanitis" (swelling of the head of the penis and sometimes the foreskin) and "Phimosis" (a condition in males where the foreskin cannot be fully retracted over the glans penis). This caused him great pain and discomfort, forcing him to be hospitalized for five weeks, before being discharged on June 14th. The condition re-occurred, forcing his re-admission to the same hospital three weeks later, on July 4th. After eighteen days treatment, he was discharged on July 22nd. He was to be hospitalized a third time, this time at No. 13 Canadian General Hospital on January 6, 1944, diagnosed with "Scabies" and "contact dermatitis of the glans of the penis", his stay in hospital consisting of five days, before he was discharged on the 11th. Private Lawlor embarked the United Kingdom for service in the Italian theatre on February 18, 1944 and served there for thirteen months. He embarked the Italian theatre on March 19, 1945, arriving in France on the 21st and continued his war service on the continent. He was struck off strength of the Canadian Army and No. 1 Non-Effectives Transient Depot on August 2, 1945. Lawlor was discharged from active service on November 28, 1945, in Ottawa, Ontario, as he was "unable to meet the required military physical standards" and was "discharged to care of Department of Veterans Affairs.", credited with having served in the United Kingdom, the Central Mediterranean Area and Continental Europe during the Second World War. He died on March 15, 1946 at Ottawa Civic Hospital, at the age of 28, his cause of death listed as "Abdominal Carcinomatosis" (gastrointestinal cancer), the likely primary condition being "carcinoma of the rectum", his death attributed to his war service. He is buried in St. George's Anglican Cemetery, Fitzroy Harbour, Ontario, Grave Reference: Plot 11, Lot 24, Range E. His widow, Marjorie Lawlor of Stittsville, Ontario and his mother, Mrs. Emilie Doohan of Kirkland Lake, Ontario, each received his Memorial Cross. Lawlor's Canadian Army Awards Record indicates, that in addition to the Memorial Cross, he was awarded the 1939-45 Star, the Italy Star, the France and Germany Star, the Defence Medal, the War Medal 1939-45 and the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Maple Leaf Clasp, none of which are included with this group.
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