Edwin William Lawrence and Mary Teresa Kearns
Edwin and Teresa on their wedding day with Edwin's mother Harriet,
the other young man is probably the other witness, Patrick Campbell
During WWI Edwin served in the Army Service Corps (later the Royal Army Service Corps). Family lore states that he was under age when he enlisted but this cannot be verified for certain. His service records have not survived but his marriage certificate shows that he served in the motor transport section. His medal index card shows that he served as Private DM2 (Driver Mechanic 2nd class) 180413 and was awarded the British and Victory Medals. It is thought he served in Salonika (Greece). In WWII Edwin served in the Home Guard.
Edwin William Lawrence
Teresa Lawrence nee Kearns
Edwin and Teresa had 11 children
Ellen Mary Teresa Lawrence (Molly) 1919 - 1981
Edwin William Patrick Lawrence (Pat) 1920 - 1998
Edwinina Winifred Brenda Lawrence (Winnie) 1922 - 2003
John Harry Denis Lawrence 1924 - 1927
Terence Christopher Kearns Lawrence (Terry) 1925 - 1927
Peter Anthony F Lawrence 1927 - 1998
Josephine Barbara Marie Lawrence (Josie) 1929 - 2010
Sadly John and Terry died within days of each other aged 3 and 2 respectively, of pneumonia.
Edwin continued to work at the railway works in Eastleigh and Teresa owned and ran a second hand shop in Southampton Road, Eastleigh. She has been described by some one who remembered her (though not a family member) as "an Irish lady of uncertain temper" and judging by some of the tales told to me by my mother, Josie and my aunt Winnie, she was a rather formidable woman. However she is believed to have suffered from very painful rheumatoid arthritis, so can perhaps be excused her "uncertain temper" and is otherwise remembered as being generous and kind. Teresa died on 29th October 1956 in Eastleigh, Hampshire, of a brain haemorrhage. She is buried in Eastleigh cemetery. Edwin continued a widower until his death in December 1969 from lung cancer. He was buried with his wife.