MUNITION SHELL EXAMINER
ACCIDENTALLY KILLED AT MUNITION BOND PURITON, SOMERSET
28th FEBRUARY 1917, AGED 24
LAWRENCE BULBECK was born LAWRENCE KNIGHT in Hurstpierpoint, in 1892, the son of Louisa Knight, and brother to John Knight (John Bulbeck, born Hurstpierpoint 1895)
Alfred Bulbeck had married Louisa Knight in Brighton in 1897. The Bulbeck family subsequently increased with the addition of Alfred Charles Bulbeck* (born Hurstpierpoint, 1898), William Pelly Bulbeck (born Albourne 1902), Albert Edward Bulbeck (born Albourne 1902) and Winnifred Grace Bulbeck (born Albourne 1909).
In the 1901 Census Alfred and Louisa were living in Albourne Green, where Alfred was a blacksmith. By 1911 Laurence was registered as living with Alfred and Louisa at Albourne Green and was employed, together with John, as carters on a farm. The family moved to Bucks Green in 1911-13 where Alfred was blacksmith to the Lynwick Estate. He worked at the forge built at Greathouse, alongside the new carpenter's shop, and lived at Cousens (an estate house).
The Bulbeck family received tragic news in January 1917, when John was killed in action near Ypres whilst serving with the 13th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment. This was followed in February with the news that Lawrence had been killed accidentally at the Munition Bond in Puriton, Somerset, where he was working as a Munition Shell Examiner.
An inquest held on 1st March 1917 heard how Lawrence, whose address was given as 8 North Storey Street, Woolwich, had been knocked down and run over by a shunting engine and trucks. The inquest returned the verdict of death by misadventure.
His death was registered as ‘Lawrence Knight’ in Bridgwater in the quarter ending March 1917.
Lawrence Knight is referred to on the Rudgwick Memorial as ‘Laurence Bulbeck’.
ALFRED CHARLES BULBECK served as Private SE/15648 in the Army Veterinary Corps (Absent Voters List 1918). He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.