Poppy Edward Richard Lawrence ANDREWS (1894–1916) Poppy

Edward Richard Lawrence Andrews (known as Lawrence Andrews) was born at 93 Kingston Road, Oxford on 27 September 1894,  the son of Edward Andrews (born in Oxford in c.1861) and Martha Ellen Lawrence (born in Milbourne, Malmesbury, Wiltshire in c.1865). His parents both came from prosperous families: his father was the son of the saddler Henry Andrews of North Parade Villa, and his mother was the daughter of a farmer of 150 acres in Malmesbury.

Lawrence’s parents were married in the Cirencester registration district in the third quarter of 1888 and had four children:

  • Marion Ellen Doreen Andrews (born at 145 Cowley Road, Oxford on 28 March 1889 and baptised at Cowley St John Church on 25 April 1890)
  • Annie Muriel G. Andrews (born in Oxford in 1891, reg. third quarter)
  • Irene May Andrews (born in Oxford on 18 August 1893, baptised at SS Philip & James Church on 1 October 1893)
  • Edward Richard Lawrence Andrews (born at 93 Kingston Road on 27 September 1894, baptised at SS Philip & James Church on 11 November 1894).

At the time of the 1891 census Lawrence's parents Edward and Martha were living with their first child at 145 Cowley Road, Oxford, and had a domestic servant. Edward was working as a saddler.

By the time of Irene’s baptism in 1893 they were living at 93 Kingston Road, where Lawrence was born the next year. In about 1900 the Andrews family moved to 6 Chalfont Road in St Margaret’s parish, and they can be seen there in the 1901 census, when Edward was a six-year-old schoolboy. He went to Magdalen College School, and at the time of the 1911 census was still at school at the age of 16.

Poppy In the First World War Lawrence Andrews served as a Private in the 20th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers (Service No. 9684). He was killed in action in France at the age of 21 on 16 July 1916 and has no known grave. He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial (Pier and Face 8C, 9A, and 16A), on the memorial at Magdalen College School (below), and on the war memorial outside St Margaret’s Church, Oxford.

Magdalen College School memorial


St Margaret's Church War Memorial

After the War

Lawrence’s parents
  • Edward Andrews continued to be listed at 6 Chalfont Road in Kelly’s Directory up to 1943, but his death was registered in 1930
  • Emma Allen’s death was registered in 1955 in the Oxford district
Lawrence’s sisters
  • Marion Ellen Doreen Andrews (born 1890) married Harry Tom Brewer, a fruit farmer of Abingdon, at St Margaret’s Church on 27 April 1914
  • Annie Muriel G. Andrews (born 1891) married Harry Geldart in 1917 (fourth quarter, Lambeth Registration District).

See also

  • CWGC: ANDREWS, Edward Richard
  • Postcard: Kingston Road in 1906 (No. 93, where Lawrence was born, was at the north-east end)
  • Wikipedia: Royal Fusiliers
  • Full biography of Edward Richard Lawrence Andrews in David Bebbington, Mister Brownrigg's Boys: Magdalen College and the Great War (Pen & Sword Military, 2014), pp. 58–61

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