24 October 2018
Lawrence J Mann was born in 1896 in Liversedge, Yorkshire to Clara and Abel Mann, a colliery owner. The 1901 census shows two elder brothers, Arthur and Bernard. The 1901 census also records a younger sister, Elsie who does not appear on the 1911 census for the family address at Woodland Cottage, Liversedge. A death record exists for an Elsie Mann of about the same age, on 22 Mar 1910 at Liversedge (we have not seen the death certificate to confirm if this is the same girl).
Lawrence enrolled on the Harper Adams Certificate course on 5 May 1914, aged 19, and was also enrolled for the Autumn term 1914. He served with the 16th Bn., Northumberland Fusiliers and died on 12 July 1917 Age 21
His eldest brother Arthur served with the 328th Coy. Royal Engineers and died on 30 March 1918, age 29.
Lawrence Mann is remembered with honour at the Nieuport Memorial
The Nieuport Memorial commemorates 566 Commonwealth officers and men who were killed in Allied operations on the Belgian coast during the First World War and have no known grave. Almost all of them fell in heavy fighting in the region of Nieuport in the summer of 1917. And over 260 men commemorated on the Nieuport Memorial were killed or mortally wounded during heavy fighting with units of the German Marine-Korps Flandern on July 10 1917.