Tribute to 1465218 Pte Lawrence Chivers
W.C.G.Lawrence Chivers has been a member of the Llanelli Branch of the Royal Regiment of Wales Comrades Association ever since the amalgamation of the South Wales Borderers and the Welch Regiment which took place in 1969, he has served on the committee for many years and all we know about him until recently was, he served in the 2nd Battalion the Monmouthshire Regiment and was on the Normandy Landing.
Lawrence was the type of person who would give praise to anyone for doing a good deed, but he would never talk about himself. It seems the reunion to take place in 's-Hertogenbosch has awakened a number of the men ho served there, and many meeting for the first time after so many years are rather excited about it, this is ho I came to hear the story of one of our Branch Members, Lawrence Chivers, those who knew him and served with him were very surprised to know he hadent received any form of recognition for his acts of bravery under heavy fire on a number of occasions whilst doing his duty as a stretcher bearer.
Lawrence Chivers Landed in Normandy as a rifleman in D company 16 Platoon, D company was on Hill 112 the company mas to make a raid on the enemy, the purpose of the exercise was to take prisoners to obtain information, everyone knew this exercise was going to be a tough one, for this reason majority of the Battalion Stretcherbearers were attached to D company, after the raid it was found a number of the stretcherbearers mere wounded and had to be replaced, four men was selceted from each company, they were to have to hrs a day instruction this lasted for thee days and then back to the trenches, of the four selected to were required for duty the other two would be in reserve, Larence Chivers and Frank James were the two selected to become stretcherbearers and were to remain with D company.
It was after crossing the River Orme the stretcherbearers knew what their job was all about.
The next move was Falaise another crossing Seine, and into Flerbaic Belgum and Antwerp, another crossing was made this was to widen the corrider for the Airborne beteen Esant and Wellalmen Canal, during the night the German Bombers hit us casualties were high, after making the crossing they ended up in a minefield, D company being hit the hardest, this was a night never to be forgotten, D company was the leading company and suffered severe casualties by the time the ares mas cleared of wounded it was dark the remainder of D company had advanced some considerable distance.
The next company in was B company they were to advance through D company, D company stetcherbearers to go with B company and to rejoin D company later.
B company had hardly dug themselves in when the Germans launched a counter attack to Officers of B compeny were badly wounded their stretcherbearers were taken prisoners, Lawrence Chivers and Frank James attended the wounds and took them back through the minefields to the R.A.P, the officers thanked the stretcherbearers and praised them for their courage shown whilst attending them and in getting them back to the R.A.P., they said they would be reporting the action to the Commanding Officer.
It was at 's-Hertogenbosch the 53rd Welch Division had their finest hour the attack was absolutely perfect.