Alfred Lawson was born in South Shields, England in December, 1880. Sometime prior to the war he emigrated to Canada and enlisted in July, 1915 in Winnipeg, Manitoba with the 90th Battalion (Winnipeg Rifles). Lawson served overseas with the 27th Battalion and was awarde the Military Cross in July, 1917. He returned to Canada in May, 1919 with demobilization. The collection currently consist of one memoir of the attack on Vimy Ridge. While undated it was written either in 1917 or 1918 given the reference to his use of a camera.