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Allan James Lawrie was born on 10th September 1887 in Lanarkshire, the middle of three sons of Julie Pricilla (nee Edwards), daughter of a farmer from the south of England and Frank, a successful commercial agent. The family lived at Hillside House, a large house in Bothwell. Between 1905 and 1910, Lawrie studied architecture at The Glasgow School of Art . Before 1909, he worked as an architectural draughtsman with Henry Edward Clifford and after 1909, with the architectural practice Clifford and Lunan. During WW1, Lawrie served as Captain with the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) 6th Battalion (Terratorials). He was most likely transferred to the 23rd Brigade 8th Division in March 1915 which took part in significant offensives on the Western Front including the Battle of Neuve Chapelle and the Battle of Aubers in the spring of 1915. Lawrie died on 16th May 1915 and is buried at Rue du Bois Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix, Pas de Calais. Allan J. Lawrie is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour.
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