Lawrence Burns

unknown soldier

1st Batt. Scots Rifles (Cameronians)
He is remembered with honour on the Ploegsteert Memorial, the Scottish National War Memorial, the St Joseph's Church Roll of Honour, and Helensburgh War Memorial, Column 1 Line 2.

Siblings: Lawrence was the eldest son. He had two younger brothers, Michael, who was a baker, and Patrick who also served and died at Flanders in 1917.

Lawrence Burns was born at 33, Grant Street in the town, where his father was a labourer and his mother an outdoor worker. He was brought up in Helensburgh, working as a labourer before enlisting.

By the 1911 census, when Lawrence was 26 years old, his mother Mary was described as head of the household.

Lawrence fought at Flanders and, after having initially been reported missing, was confirmed to have been killed in action in October 1914. He was 29 years old.

His younger brother, Patrick, died in 1917.