Straw, Lacy Hipwood


War Service:

Private 4994 LACY HIPWOOD STRAW of 2nd battalion Honourable Artillery Company died on 23 May 1917 at No. 49 Casualty Clearing Station of gun shot wounds sustained on 15 May.
He went to France on 2 October 1916 but contracted rheumatic fever in December. After treatment in hospital at Camer near Etaples he spent 5 months in No.5 Convalescent Camp where he acted as Musician to the Scottish Churches Hut and gave valuable assistance to the chaplain. He rejoined his unit in April 1917.

He is buried in Achiet-le-Grand Cemetery Extension near Arras.

Location of Memorial:

He is remembered on the war memorial at St Peter’s church, Brockley.

He was born on 7 December 1882, the son of Edwin and Eliza Straw of Greenwich. He was educated privately and at Pitman’s College He worked at Libertys in Regent Street. On 13 March 1913 he married Minnie Louise Woolman at Chelsea Congregational church. At some stage they lived at "Ewelme," South Rd., Oundle, Northants before moving to Silvermere Road, Catford.

He joined the 35th London Men’s Voluntary Aid Detachment and assisted at the Fairlawn VAD Hospital in Forest Hill until he joined the HAC in November 1915.

He was a Freeman of the City of London and a member of the Carpenters’ Company. He played cricket with the Forest Hill and Catford Cricket Clubs.

Prior to its destruction in the Second World War there was a memorial in memory of the patients and staff of the Fairlawn Auxiliary Military Hospital in St Paul’s church, Waldenshaw Road, Forest Hill. Although not identified by name Lacy Straw is probably one of the four members of No. 35 VAD unit referred to on the memorial.

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