SSAFA commemorates the First World War

John Raymond Laurie

Stories from the First World War

John Raymond Laurie

Blanche Laurie-Chiswell, SSAFA volunteer, shared the story of her father John Raymond Laurie with us:

John Raymond Laurie"My father was commissioned into the Royal Garrison Artillery in December 1913. He served in France, arriving in the trenches on Christmas Day 1914. I believe he ended that war in Palestine. Subsequently he spent seven years in India with Mountain Gunners, married an Australian girl he had met on home leave in Bombay in 1923, before returning to Salisbury Plain three years later where he joined a Survey Company before completing the Gunnery Staff Course in 1931.

After Salisbury Plain came Fort Lenon in Donegal despite the partition, then Singapore and Gibralter, from whence wife and daughter were evacuated at the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939. He returned to the UK in 1942. He was CRA Hants and Dorset, involved in the Gunnery fire plan for the invasion on D-Day, and was finally posted to command the Orkney and Shetland Defences before retiring in 1946.  Having served in two World Wars, he retired as a Brigadier. He died in 1981."