Harry Lawson Pickard, M.C.

 

2nd Lieutenant; 9th (Service) Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Killed in action: 20th October 1918, near Cambrai

Harry Lawson Pickard was born in 1886 in Grimsby to John Lawson and Jeanette Pickard. The family moved in 1901 to Aberystwyth where his father worked as a lecturer in the University. In 1911 Harry was boarding with a family in Dublin and working as a sub-editor. He married in 1912 to Phoebe Crosier of Blackley, Manchester – the marriage was recorded as being in Cardiff, which may be the link to Llanishen.

Harry enlisted in the Army and served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 9th Battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. In September 1918, during the Hundred Days Offensive, he won the Military Cross. His citation stated that he continued to lead his men despite being wounded for some 18 hours until they were relieved. He was killed in action a few weeks later, aged 32.

He is buried in St Aubert British Cemetery near Cambrai, and is also commemorated in the memorials in St Isan’s Church. We are still doing research to uncover his link with Llanishen.