Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Gordon Herbert Lawson

In memory of:

Flying Officer Gordon Herbert Lawson

July 15, 1943

Military Service


Service Number:

J/9691

Age:

24

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

458 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Son of W. A. and Mabel Grace Lawson, of Grand View, Manitoba.

Commemorated on Page 180 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

MALTA MEMORIAL
Malta

Grave Reference:

Panel 10, Column 1.

Location:

The MALTA MEMORIAL is situated in the area of Floriana and is easily identified by the Golden Eagle which surmounts the column. It stands outside the King's Gate, the main entrance to Valletta. The Memorial takes the form of a column fifteen metres high of travertine marble from Tivoli in the Sabine Hills near Rome, incised with a a light reticulated pattern and surmounted by a gilded bronze eagle two metres high. The column stands on a circular base around which the names are commemorated on bronze panels. The MALTA MEMORIAL, built on a site generously provided by the Government of Malta, commemorates those who lost their lives whilst serving with the Commonwealth Air Forces flying from bases in Austria, Italy, Sicily, islands of the Adriatic and Mediterranean, Malta, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, West Africa, Yugoslavia and Gibraltar, and who have no known grave. The bravery of the people of the island of Malta between the years 1940 - 1942 was honoured with the unique award of the George Cross.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Memorial– Flying Officer Gordon Herbert Lawson is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flying Officer Gordon Herbert Lawson is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Id Card– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Attestation paper– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of GORDON HERBERT LAWSON– 21 March 1943 Canadian serving with an Australian (R.A.A.F.) torpedo bomber sqn in Malta.  F/0 Gordon Lawson of Grandview, Man. who is captain of the bomber stands beside his aircraft which is all ready for another show, Lawson used to be a miner in Manitoba.
  • Group Photo– 21 March 1943 Canadian crew with a R.A.A.F. torpedo bomber sqn in Malta. Five members of the crew discuss the impending operation. At the extreme left is F/O Burrows, a RAF observer who sometimes flies with them, The others in the picture are L to R: F/0 Gordon Lawson, Grandview, Manitoba; F/0 A. R. Pagan, Saskatoon, Sask; F/0 McCorkell, Wakefield, Quebec, and Sgt. N.C. Rowley from London, Ontario.
  • Photo of Gordon Herbert Lawson– This photo was found in box of family photos of deceased uncle. "Best Wishes Gordon Lawson" written on back.
  • Photo of Gordon Herbert Lawson– Gordon Lawson and Snake

Witten on back of photo
"Yours Truley - but don't get the 'wind up' it's alright.  It's harmless although alive and kicking, the poison has been extracted.  This is the local snake charmer's property we swiped for the occasion. Gordon"

Believe this is Gordon Lawson holding the snake with some of his mates on leave perhaps in Protville.
  • Group Photo– Gordon Lawson and Mates

Gordon - front row - extreme left - sitting
Perhaps on leave with some of his friends from 458 RAAF Squadron in Protville.
  • Photo of GORDON HERBERT LAWSON– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me

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