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  • Buried in Voormezeele Encloseures No1 and No2 1.J.25
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Philip Laws was the eldest son of William, a surgeon at the Nottingham Eye Hospital, and Helen Laws. He was the brother of Olivia, Geoffrey and John Burnett Laws. The family lived at 3 East Circus Street Nottingham for many years but later moved out to Car Colston where they lived at the Old Vicarage.
Educated at Uppingham School and commemorated on school memorial (WMA 58388)
20 Sep 1917
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Captain
  • MC MC Military Cross
16th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Buried Voormezeele Enclosures No 1 and No 2 (grave ref I.J.26). Philip Laws was twice wounded on the Somme. The Nottingham Daily Guardian 25/9/1917 reported 'A fellow officer wrote: "He was up in front holding a concrete dugout with a few men he had managed to collect and was hit in the head... I have never seen any one more gallant."' His Military Cross citation reads:' For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty as Forward Observation officer. During the action and the five following days he sent in most valuable information as to the enemy's movements, whereby several counter-attacks were broken up before they could deploy. When the Forward Station Signalling Officer was wounded he also took charge of the signals, and kept up communication with the brigade, remaining at his post after the troops on his right had been forced to fall back. By his coolness, able leadership, and excellent reports he was largely instrumental in making the flank secure and clearing up the situation'.
Probate Registries 1918: Grants of Probate: LAWS Philip Umfreville of 3 East Circus Street, Nottingham, Captain in HM Army died 20 September in France. Administration Nottingham 1 March to William George Laws surgeon. Effects £562 15s 9d. Extract from, 'The Nottingham Eye Hospital', NR Galloway, 2003 (ISBN 0 9545 197 01), pp31-34: 'Dr Laws had been active on the Committee during the war and for example initiated an artificial eye service … in 1917 Dr Laws suffered the sad loss in action of his eldest son and his health seemed to suffer after this … in 1918 consideration had been given to building a 5-10 bed ward on the roof of the hospital and Dr Laws offered to put his son’s estate towards the cost of this.'
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  • Buried in Voormezeele Encloseures No1 and No2 1.J.25
    Philip Umfreville Laws - Buried in Voormezeele Encloseures No1 and No2 1.J.25
  • (WMA27194) Battlefield cross in St Mary's church, Car Colston.  Photograph Rachel Farrand
    Philip Umfreville Laws - (WMA27194) Battlefield cross in St Mary's church, Car Colston. Photograph Rachel Farrand