LAWSON, JAMES

Age
24
Parents
Son of James and Margaret Lawson of Barrhead, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Service number
2002501
Date of death
1944-10-20
Died
Netherlands, Killed in Action
Force
Rank
Regiment (Fallen buddies)
Awards
Royal Engineers
Cemetery reference
Plot 6 | Row B | Grave 7
Grave Adopted
Yes

"FATHER, IN THY GRACIOUS KEEPING LEAVE WE NOW OUR LOVED ONE SLEEPING"

Military grave
Additional info

 

British Royal Engineers were refuelling their ‘Congas’ (a modified Bren gun carrier with the engine removed and a storage tank to hold Liquid Nitro Glycerine in its place) - these were used in a system for clearing mines. The LNG would be pumped into a pipe or a hose and detonated to explode any mines either side of it.

At approximately 1300 hrs there was a massive explosion, which was devastating. The entire farm (Fam. Dedobbelaere) and Military equipement was destroyed by the blast. The farm located about 3 miles South of IJzendijke, Netherlands. A high casualty list of 41 British and Canadians killed in action and 51 wounded. Several reported 'missing in action'.  

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