Lance Corporal
Oliver Harry Laflin


About Oliver Harry

  • Name
    Oliver Harry
  • Initials
    O H
  • Surname
  • Date of Birth
    30 May 1891
  • Birth town
    Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
  • Resided town
    Stourbridge, Worcestershire
  • Commemorated
  • Nationality
  • Place of death
  • Date of death
    March 1970
  • Married
  • Occupation
    School Teacher

Service Information

  • Army

  • Service Number
  • Rank
    Lance Corporal
  • Regiment
    Worcestershire Regiment


Oliver Harry Laflin was born in May 1891 at Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.  His father, also named Oliver Laflin, died from meningitis only months before his son was born.  Oliver was raised by his mother Lizzie and step-father Frederick Nunn; he had four siblings.

By 1911, Oliver had become an assistant schoolteacher with Worcester County Council.  Little is known of his service career other than he served in the Worcestershire Regiment.  His medal record reveals that he served in France and was awarded the 1914-15 Star.

Oliver passed through Peterborough East Station on 12 October 1917 and signed the visitors’ book.  He wrote “The Soldiers & Sailors Rest Room. Peterborough G..E..R “An after-taste of Home” much appreciated”.

Oliver married Dorothy Turbefield at Worcester in 1926, and appears to have lived and raised a family in Worcester until he died in 1970, aged 78.

In 1939 Oliver and Dorothy were living at 8 Homefield Road, Worcester with their daughter Dorothy, born 1927 who is at school. Oliver is a certified teacher.

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