World War I Soldiers Remembered: George Moore Lawrence

3 Aug

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George Moore Lawrence was born October 26, 1892 in Shako, Virginia. His father was Robert H. Lawrence of Hanover, Virginia and his mother was Margaret Keane of Goochland. He was a 24-year-old lathe hand at Machine Products Co. in Cleveland, Ohio when he registered for the draft in 1917. According to his Registration Card, we know he was single, tall and had gray eyes and brown hair.

He was inducted into service on May 10, 1918 and was assigned to 4th Co. and trained at Handcock, Georgia. He left for Europe aboard the S.S. America on July 24, 1918 and arrived at Brest, France on August 6. While in France, he was stationed at Bourges.

He arrived back in the United States on board the U.S.S. Mallory on July 19, 1919 and was officially discharged on July 25 of the same year from Camp Dix, New Jersey. He apparently had difficulty enlisting and wrote “I was drafted from Goochland after trying to enlist while in Richmond and Cleveland, Ohio, on account of severe physical conditions, I was refused and then was drafted from my home county on 24 hours notice.”

After the war, he returned to Ohio, married and became a salesman. He died on October 7, 1959 and is buried in the Cemetery of Spring Grove in Cincinnati, Ohio.

If you have any photographs of World War I service men and women from Goochland, please contact the Goochland County Historical Society. We would love to scan your photographs and add them to the World War I Commemorative Collection. Contact us at 804-556-3966 or at goochlandhistory@comcast.net.

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