Captain Humphrey Richard Locke LAWRENCE
34th Sikh Pioneers
Date of birth: 24 March 1888
Date of death: 30 December 1915
Drowned in the sinking of the Persia aged 27
Humphrey Richard Locke was born in London to Major General William Alexander Lawrence and Adelaide, his wife.
In 1901 he was at The Grange School in Folkestone.
His name appeared on 9 September 1908 with a first Commission as a British Officer of the Indian Army. He was commissioned as a Lieutenant on 9 December 1910, his temporary captaincy in the 34th Sikh Pioneers was gazetted on 30 December 1915.
In 1913 he married Mary Claudine Wrey.
In June 1915 he was wounded in France.
His name is on the passenger list of SS Persia, SS "Persia" - a defensively armed passenger vessel out of Tilbury, for Port Said, Aden and Bombay, torpedoed and sank on 30 December 1915 off Crete, with the loss of 334 lives. Among the dead were 21 officers and one NCO of the United Kingdom and Indian forces.
Captain Lawrence is commemorated on the Chatby Memorial in Alexandria. More than 700 of those commemorated on the memorial died when various vessels were torpedoed or mined. Officers and men of the merchant services lost in these incidents are commemorated on appropriate memorials elsewhere
His Effects amounted to £55. Probate was granted to his widow at St. Helen’s, Sandhurst.