India Relief of Chitral 1895, South Africa Boer War Relief of Kimberley and Great War Mesopotamia group awarded to Private E.G. Lawrence, East Kent Regiment - the Buffs, later Essex Regiment, who saw service during the relief of Chitral with the 1st Battalion, and then during the Boer War with the 2nd Battalion when he took part in the relief of Kimberley and was in action at Paardeberg and Driefontein. Lawrence once again attested into the Buffs for the Great War, but then appears to have seen service with the 2nd Reserve Battalion, Essex Regiment out in Mesopotamia from October 1918 to October 1918.
Group of 4: India General Service Medal 1895-1902, 1 Clasp: Relief of Chitral 1895; (2524 PTE: E.G. LAWRENCE 1ST: BN: EAST KENT REGT.); Queen’s South Africa Medal 1899-1902, with ghost dates, 4 Clasps: Relief of Kimberley, Paardeberg, Driefontein, Transvaal; (2524 PTE E. LAWRENCE. E. KENT REGT.); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (31379 PTE. E.G. LAWRENCE. ESSEX. R.)
Condition: Good Very Fine.
Edward George Lawrence was born in Canterbury, Kent, and having worked as a labourer then attested for service with the British Army at Canterbury on 14th April 1888 joining as a Private (No.2524) the East Kent Regiment - the Buffs. Posted out to India on 19th November 1889, he joined the 1st Battalion out there, and was present during the operations leading to the relief of Chitral which lasted from 7th March to 15th August 1895. Lawrence was in fact on active service in Chitral between 2nd April and 18th September 1895, being then posted back to India. Posted home on 17th February 1896 he was transferred to the Army Reserve on 23rd February 1896.
Mobilised on 4th December 1899 owing to the outbreak of the Boer War, he then saw service in South Africa with the 2nd Battalion from 22nd December 1899 and was present at the relief of Kimberley on 15th February 1900 and in action at Paardeberg on 17th to 26th February 1900 followed by Driefontein on 10th March 1900, before going on to see service in the Transvaal. Lawrence was posted home on 2nd April 1901 and discharged on 13th April 1901.
With the outbreak of the Great War, Lawrence was then working as a bank messenger and living on the Old Kent Road in London. He then attested for short service with the British Army at London on 5th June 1915, joining as a Private (No.G-7748) the East Kent Regiment. Posted to the 3rd Reserve Battalion on 19th August 1915, he then transferred as a Private (No.31379) to the 2nd Garrion Battalion, Essex Regiment on 9th October 1916, and would then appear to have seen service with the company of the 2nd Garrison Battalion that was on service in Mesopotamia from 9th October 1916 through to 24th October 1918 when he was posted home. Lawrence was transferred to the Army Reserve on 25th April 1919. Lawrence went on to work as a messenger with the Stock Exchange and died on 26th June 1940. Medal and clasp entitlement confirmed.