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The Lawson family and the Second World War

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posted on 2024-06-05, 18:59 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

My journey of discovery into my uncle Gordon Glennie of The Royal Irish Fusiliers was reignited by James Holland's podcast, "We Have Ways of Making You Talk." I traced Gordy's deep friendship with Laurie Franklyn Vaille through the numerous correspondences with my mother from both Gordon and Frank, and also from Gordon's mother, my grandmother. With James's help, we have transcribed numerous letters, including Frank's description of Gordon's death in his arms, which he sent to my mother, Muriel.

I can also describe my dad's service with 79 Squadron during 1944/45 in Burma and his brother George's experience on the North Atlantic convoys. Additionally, my mother's uncle Fred was killed in bomb disposal, and my mother served with the Americans, South Africans, and Canadians. I have a large quantity of letters and personal belongings, and I'm eager for all to be added to the digital collection.


Person the story/items relate to

Gordon Glennie, Muriel Glennie, Quintin Lawson, George Lawson.

Person who shared the story/items

Charlie Lawson

Relationship between the subject of the story and its contributor

Mother and father and two uncles.

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Shared online via the Their Finest Hour project website.

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