Lawrence Robert Eyden


Lawrence Robert Eyden


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
10th Bn.


1914 /15 Star, British War and Victory medals


Pier and Face 8C 9A and 16A.


>He has no Headstone. He is Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France to the missing.

UK Memorials

St Matthew’s Church Memorial, Oxhey

Pre War

Lawrence Robert Eyden was born in Crewe, Cheshire on 20th March 1895, son of Frederick Eyden, an Accountant for the London & North Western Railway Company and Jessie Eyden (nee Ferguson), they had eight children, one of whom died in childhood. He was Baptised on 26th April 1895, at Christ Church in Crew.

The 1901 Census records the family now living in Hampstead. Lawrence was aged 6, and at school, he had three sisters, Margaret 16, Jessie 9, Dora 3, and two brothers Arthur 12 and Herbert 10, they were living at 41, Adelaide Road, Hampstead, London / Middlesex. They also had a live in Domestic Servant.

In 1911, five of the Eyden children were living at home. Lawrence and three sisters; Constance was an elementary school teacher, Jessie was a student of domestic economy and Dora was still at school. His elder brother, Arthur, was a clerk to a wholesale tea merchant and Lawrence, who was sixteen, was a Civil Service clerk. The family had moved up the road to 79, Adelaide Road, Hampstead.

At the time Lawrence enlisted he was employed by “The Royal Bank of Canada” at their London branch and was living in Bushey, Herts.

Wartime Service

Lawrence enlisted in August 1914, in London and posted to the Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) with the Service No. STK/970.

His Medal Card records he landed in France on 31st July 1915. He served on the Western Front and was killed in action on 15th July 1916, aged 21.

He is remembered with honour at the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing in France and on the memorial at St Matthew’s Church, Oxhey.

The CWGC Database record the date of death as 15th September 1916, all other documents record the date as 15th July 1916.

Additional Information

The value of his effects were £6-0s-9d, Pay Owing and £8-10s-0d, War Gratuity, which went to his father Frederick. Also see ‘Additional Information’ provided with kind permission of Bushey First World War Commemoration Project – Please visit


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