7th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
21/03/1918 (Killed in Action)
Laurence was born at Kildress, County Tyrone. He enlisted with the 7th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers at Pomeroy. On 23rd August 1917 the 7th Battalion and 8th Battalion amalgamated to form the 7/8th Battalion. Laurence had been promoted to Lance Corporal and had gained vast experience. By the time of the German Spring Offensive he had been through many of the main engagements of the First World War. It was during the fighting that Laurence McKenna was lost.
Pozieres is a village 6 kilometres north-east of the town of Albert. The Memorial encloses Pozieres British Cemetery which is a little south-west of the village on the north side of the main road, D929, from Albert to Pozieres. On the road frontage is an open arcade terminated by small buildings and broken in the middle by the entrance and gates. Along the sides and the back, stone tablets are fixed in the stone rubble walls bearing the names of the dead grouped under their Regiments. It should be added that, although the memorial stands in a cemetery of largely Australian graves, it does not bear any Australian names. The Australian soldiers who fell in France and whose graves are not known are commemorated on the National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux.