Landlords called up in WW1

Thomas Lawford
On Feb 2, 1917 in the Mitcham Tribunal he was

39 and has three children, and keeps “The Bull” besides working at munitions all day; but he is B1 and has to go on March 1st.

From the Surrey Recruitment Registers:

G LAWFORD of The Bull, Church Road, Mitcham, aged 35 Years 11 Months, Publican. Conscripted on 1 March 1917 to the Royal West Surrey Regiment (labour Coy).

His Pension Record from the National Archives, WO364; Piece: 2053, shows him in 1917 to be 36, and with the Labour Co Queens regiment, number 52494. Married to Violet Constance Melhuish, with children Claude aged 12, Thomas Melhuish aged 6 and Leonard William aged 1.

Admitted to the Holborn Military Hospital, Western Road, Mitcham, on 3rd Jan 1918 where he stayed for 80 days. Medical opinion was

In France 10 months, says that he was put on light duty in stores for 7 months on account of dyspepsia. 29/12/17 collapsed in road and subsequently vomited blood.
Opinion was that this was constitutional and not aggravated by service during the present war.

Discharged from Army 11th June 1918 “no longer physically fit for war service”.

He is shown in Electoral Registers for 1918, 1919 and 1920 at The Bull.

This Merton Memories photo shows LAWFORD’S above the front door and it may be him in the doorway.

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