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Thomas Edward Lawrence


Able Seaman, V37688, RCNVR


Born:  03 Dec 1916, Gilbert Plains, Manitoba


Died: 24 Nov 1944 at Sea


Book of Remembrance


LAWRENCE, Thomas Edward, AB, V37688, RCNVR, MPK - 24 Nov 1944, HMCS SHAWINIGAN - Son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ernest Lawrence; husband of Rose J. Lawrence, all of Saskatoon, SK.


Able Seaman Thomas Edward Lawrence of Saskatoon was the son of Charles Ernest Lawrence and left a wife Rose J. at Saskatoon (later Mrs. Murray). Thomas was born at Gilbert Plains, Manitoba and was raised in Saskatchewan. He was working as a yardman for the CPR when he enlisted in 1941 at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, H.M.C.S. Unicorn. He was trained as a Radar and Wireless operator. He was sent overseas on May 04, 1942. In 1944 he was on leave in Saskatchewan (Saskatoon I believe) subject to a re-assignment on return to Halifax. He left Saskatoon on Nov. 11 1944 by rail and was assigned to H.M.C.S. Shawinigan. On Nov. 25th the ship was sunk with all hands lost. No mention of the Ship and letter to follow. Ships Capt. Lieutenant WJ Jones, R.C.N.R. and all 7 officers (in total) and 78 ratings were lost, a total of 5 bodies were recovered and identified. No survivors.


Ships served in:


HMCS GIVENCHY - Served in Givenchy 08 Jan 1943 - 11 Feb 1943 - manning pool

HMCS ARMENTIERES - Served in Armentieres 12 Jan 1943 - 23 Sep 1943

ML Q065 - Served in Q065 22 Nov 1943 - 29 Nov 1943

HMCS WASKESIU - Served in Waskesiu 30 Nov 1943 - 10 Oct 1944



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(1) Portrait of AB Lawrence  (2) Article on the death of AB Lawrence - courtesy of Operation Picture Me  (3-4) Attestation papers  (5) Verification form for Campaign Stars, Defence Medal, War Medal, CVSM and Clasp  (6) Conduct sheet  (7) Report of Death



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