Another Soldier who left for France from #Folkestone #FWW

Not sure if I am going to including him in “The Book”. The book started out as a “filler” something to keep the brain cells active between researching Henry Wade. Research on Wade came to a halt for now. I know where there is material, the Hebrew University at Jerusalem, Leeds, and an interesting collection in Edinburgh. Sadly all beyond reach. The IDF are big fans of Henry Wade. Wade was a pioneering Surgeon. He first served as a Civil Surgeon during the wars in South Africa. At the start of the Great War, Wade was working in Edinburgh and mobilised with the Scottish Horse at Dunkeld. His claim to fame, and why the IDF are such big fans was he designed a Surgical Car, which was the first mobile surgical unit, if you like the first MASH. The car was used in a stationary role during the Gallipoli Campaign. |It was then transferred to the Middle East and given to the Australians who developed the principle of mobile surgical units. Eran Dolev who was head of the IDF’s Medical services further developed the principles and methods pioneered by the people who used Wade’s surgical car and the Ford based Surgical Units the Australians developed. The object was it is quicker to take the operating theatre to the battlefield than it is to gather all the wounded and take them via the casualty evacuation chain to the operating theatre. For me, the most remarkable achievement was Wade could operate on a wounded soldier with ten minutes of the car’s arrival.

Anyway, to include or not to include in a book unrelated to Wade.

S/6523 John Lawson, “C” Company 8th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders. (Ross-shire Buffs, the Duke of Albany’s)

Killed in action 25th September 1915

John was born in Paisley son of Mr and Mrs L Lawson of Achnahannet Grantown-on-Spey. A brother of Lewis Lawson of 13 South Street Grantown-on-Spey. He worked as a railway porter at Knockando. Arriving in France on the 8th July 1915 he was killed in action on the 25th September. His grave is now lost. He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Grammar School Memorial in Grantown-on-Spey and on the Grantown-on-Spey War Memorial.

He fell where fall the dying brave,

Among the noble slain,

Nor Kindly love nor tender care

Could light that couch of pain.

Nor loving hands may kindly tend,

The sod above his breast,

But tender thoughts will ever haunt,

His far off place of rest.

(in Memorium, Strathspey Herald, 27th September 1917 and 26th September 1918)1

John Lawson was awarded the 1915 Star, War Medal, and the Victory Medal.

1Page 60, poopies from the Heart of strathspey, Peter Anderson 2010



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