Laurence was the son of the late Rector Lionel and Mrs Garnett , born in Christleton, and had lived at the Rectory in Village Road. He was a Lieutenant in A Company. Royal Field Artillery and had settled in Canada when war was declared, but soon came back like thousands of others to offer himself to service.
Rector Hickey said at his Memorial service “ How readily our lads in the colonies threw away everything to return to help their homeland. His brother Claude a Captain in the Royal Garrison Artillery died in the Battle at Kut el Amara in Iraq in December 1915. Lawrence was highly commended for his war service, and was only 25 when he died in June 1917 at Brandhoek near Ypres in Belgium in the battle of Passchendaele. He was killed on the first day of the battle of Messines Ridge, which lasted for seven days. Despite strong German attacks the offensive was generally to have been a British tactical success.