Daniel ‘The Hero’ Lawlor

Daniel was born 27 Oct 1895 at 36 Rodridge Street, Station Town, Durham, England. He was the eldest son of Daniel Lawlor and his wife Ann nee Haughney. Daniel and Ann had 13 children:

  1. Daniel LAWLOR,   b. 27 Oct 1895, 36 Rodridge Street, Station Town, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Apr 1941, Egypt
  2. Ann LAWLOR,   b. Between Jul 1897 and Sep 1897, Wingate, Durham, England
  3. James LAWLOR,   b. Between Jul 1899 and Sep 1899, Felling, Durham, England
  4. Mary LAWLOR,   b. Cal Jan 1901, Felling, Durham, England
  5.  William LAWLOR,   b. Between Apr 1903 and Jun 1903, Felling, Durham, England
  6.  Margaret LAWLOR,   b. Between Apr 1903 and Jun 1903, Gateshead Registration District, Gateshead, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between Apr 1904 and Jun 1904, Gateshead Registration District, Gateshead, Durham, England
  7.  Ellen LAWLOR,   b. Between Apr 1904 and Jun 1904, Felling, Durham, England
  8. Julia LAWLOR,   b. Between Jul 1906 and Sep 1906, Felling, Durham, England
  9. Peter LAWLOR,   b. Between Oct 1909 and Dec 1909, Felling, Durham, England
  10. Margaret 'Maggie' LAWLOR,   b. Cal Dec 1910, Felling, Durham, England
  11. Catherine LAWLOR,   b. Between Jul 1913 and Sep 1913, Gateshead Registration District, Gateshead, Durham, England
  12. Elizabeth LAWLOR,   b. Between Jul 1913 and Sep 1913, Gateshead Registration District, Gateshead, Durham, England
  13. Thomas LAWLOR,   b. Between Oct 1916 and Dec 1916, Gateshead Registration District, Gateshead, Durham, England

By the 1911 census of England Daniel is a coal miner driver in the Durham coal mines. He followed his father into the mines.

After World War One broke out Daniel joined the 12th Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers and became Private 10816. He arrived in France on 9th September 1915 and therefore became entitled to the 1914-15 Star as well as a British War and Victory Medals during World War One.

By 1919 Daniel had transferred to the 1st Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry as Private 52320. Daniel served with the Durham Light Infantry in India in a theatre called the North West Frontier. Daniel earned an India General Service Medal, 1908 and Clasp called “Afghanistan NWF 1919” for his service in the Third Afghan War during 1919. Daniel received his medal on 12th October 1922 at York, England.

Daniel transferred to the 2nd Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry. Early in 1930 Daniel was in Razmak which was then in India but now in Pakistan. Whilst in Razmak Daniel served as a Military Policeman.

Daniel was awarded a further 1930-31 North West Frontier Clasp. His medal was issued at Barackpore, India on 24th March 1934and received in 1935. By then Daniel was back with the Durham Light Infantry’s  Depot in England. He was now Private 4438523 and continuing to serve in the Durham Light Infantry.

In 1937 Daniel was serving in China with the 1st Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry. Daniel served in Tientsin and Shanghai where he remained until 1939.

One of the heroes of the battalion [1st Battalion Durham Light Infantry] is Private D. Lawlor. He is one of the “old soldiers,” having been in the service for 20 years. He wears a string of decorations, having served in the Great War, in India and in Shanghai ten years ago. He comes from Felling.

1937 Newspaper http://durhamlightinfantry.webs.com/1stdli1937china.htm

Daniel and the 1st Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry found themselves moving to the Western Desert via Hong Kong to join Wavell’s desert army.

Daniel Lawlor the 1st World War Veteran and a Veteran of several tours of India found himself caught up in the vicious battle for desert supremacy against, initially the Italians then later Rommel’s Africa Korps.

Daniel was killed in Egypt on the 21st April 1941. Aged 45 years Daniel Lawlor rests today in Cairo War Memorial Cemetery. The circumstances of his death are unknown but it is believed he was killed in an accident.

Medal Card

Name.

Corps.

Rank.

Regtl No.

LAWLOR

Northumberland Fusiliers1

Private

10816

Durham Light Infantry

ditto

52320

Ditto

 

4438523

Daniel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medal.

Roll.

Page.

BG14

Remarks.

VICTORY

O/1/103 B21

4024

 

BRITISH

d[itt]o

d[itt]o

 15 STAR1

O/1/6C

26 C283

 

 

 

India General Service Afghanistan North West Frontier 1919 Roll [IND GS AFGN NWFF 1919 Roll]

17494.37

 

 

 

 

Theatre of War first served in

  1. France

 

Date of entry therein

9 Sep 1915

 

 

 

 

K1380

 

NW/9/1923

Correspondence

GOC Northumbrian Division forwards list of names of personnel entitled to medals in accordance with ACI 526 of 1920 1 Sep 1920

Address

Medals

DURHAM LIGHT INFANTRY Regiment or Corps

ROLL OF INDIVIDUALS entitled to the Decoration granted under Army Order 20 of 1919 [1914-15 Star]

Unit

On Date of Disembarkation

Name

Date of Disembarkation

Appendix A

Remarks

Regimental No.

Rank

Northumberland Fusiliers

10816

Private

LAWLOR Daniel

Para. 1 9 Sep 1915

Serving as Durham Light Infantry 52320

3 Dec 1919, No. 1 York

ROLL of INDIVIDUALS entitled to the Victory Medal and British War Medal under Army Orders 301 and 266 of 1919

Roll “B” Sheet No. D.L.I./4024

Regimental No.

Rank

Name

Unit

Remarks

52320

Private

LAWLOR, Daniel

12th Northumberland Fusiliers 10816 Private

1st Durham Light Infantry 52320

Class Z

28 May 1920, No. 1 York

DURHAM LIGHT INFANTRY Corps or Department

Medal Roll of Individuals entitled to the “India General Service Medal, 1908,” with Clasp inscribed “Afghanistan, North-West Frontier, 1919”

under the provisions of Army Order No. 223, dated 3rd June 1920.

At the time the decoration was earned

 

 

Entitled to

 

Regimental or Department Number

Rank

Name

Corps or Department in which The Decoration was earned

Whether already in possession of The Indian Medal of 1908

Medal

Clasp inscribed “Afghanistan, North-West Frontier, 1919,” and clause of Army Order under which eligible

Remarks

52320

Private

LAWLOR Daniel

1st Battalion Durham Light Infantry

No

Yes

Yes ‘A’

4438523 Durham Light Infantry, serving

 

I certify that the individuals named in this roll were actually present on the occasion for which the decoration is claimed under the terms of the above quoted Army Order.

Place: York

Date: 12 October 1922

[Source: The National Archives: W100/I12/478]

2nd Battalion The Durham Light Infantry Corps or Department

Medal roll of individuals entitled to the “India General Service Medal, 1908 and Clasps (or clasps only) under Army Instruction (India) 68 of 1933

At the time the decoration was earned

Corps or Department in which The Decoration was earned

If already in receipt of I.G.S. Medal, 1908.

(Yes or Mo)

State Clasps entitled to under the above-mentioned Army Instruction (India)

Remarks

Regimental or Department Number

Rank

Name

4438523

Private

D LAWLER Depot

2nd Battalion Durham Light Infantry

No Yes

Medal & clasp returned & clasp only re-issued Feb 1935-NW/5/38041

North West Frontier 1930 & 31

 

Now with 1st Battalion Depot Durham Light Infantry

I certify that the individuals named in this roll were actually present on the occasion for which the decoration is claimed.

Place: Barrackpore [Barrackpur, India]

Date: 24 Mar 1934

[Source: The National Archives: W100/495]

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

LAWLOR, Pte. Daniel, 4438523. 1st Bn. The Durham Light Infantry. 21st April, 1941. Age 45. Son of Daniel and Anne Lawlor, of Felling, Co. Durham. K.12.

Cairo War Memorial Cemetery EG.2

Grave Registration Report Form

Country: Egypt

Place of Burial: Cairo War Memorial Cemetery

PRG

No. and Rank

Initials, Name & Honours

Unit

Date of Death

Plot “K”

12

4438523 Private

D LAWLOR

1st Bn. Durham Light Infantry

23. Apr 1941

 

SCHEDULE “A”

Form H/2

Page No. 4

Name of Burial Place: Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt No. 1

 

1017/1/A/8    K.12   31

4438523 Private

D. LAWLOR

The Durham Light Infantry

21st April 1941 Age 45

(Cross)

Eternal rest

Give unto him, O Lord

R.I.P.