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Lawrence, James Allison (Leading Aircraftman)

Killed 1942-December-12

Birth Date: 1923 (age 19)

Son of James Allison Lawrence and Blanche Edith Lawrence, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia.

Home: Glace Bay, Nova Scotia


Leading Aircraftman
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Service Numbers
One of sixteen airmen killed in the Knights of Columbus Hostel fire in St John's, Newfoundland. Leading Aircraftman JA Lawrence (RCAF) was killed. Please see Sturgeon, JG for complete casualty list.

Canada Source Canadian Virtual War Memorial

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Google MapGlace Bay, Nova Scotia
Google MapCWG Cemetery
Plot 5 Row 12 Grave 27

Hostel KnightsofColumbus

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last update: 2021-08-24 12:09:10

Hostel KnightsofColumbus

Knights of Columbus Hostel Fire

Calgary Herald December 16 1942

The Knights of Columbus Hostel fire was a structure fire that occurred on December 12, 1942, in St. John's, Newfoundland in a hostel operated by the Knights of Columbus, a Roman Catholic fraternal organization. A total of 99 people were killed, 80 of whom were military personnel. 109 others were critically wounded.

Taking place during World War II, the fire is believed by many to have been an incident of enemy sabotage orchestrated by agents of Nazi Germany.

The area was a centre of military personnel and activities, including soldiers, sailors, and air forces. Within a few weeks, other suspicious fires or their makings occurred in St. John's that winter, at sites frequented by military personnel. Wikipedia

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