Fred Ira L. Lawton was killed in action September 24, 1917. He was born in Bellows Falls in 1895. He attended schools in Bellows falls and Saxtons River. He was a member of the 103d Machine Gun Battalion Comapny C.
His brother Paul, also a member of the 103d MG Bn, died May 20,1917 of disease. Fred was a member of the Sons of Veterans. Also a member of I.O.O.F. lodge of Saxtons River. He was employed, before the war, at Jones & Lamson Machine Shop in Springfield, VT. He leaves behind his mother, two brothers Flint and Griffin Lawton and one sister Mrs E.A. Tuttle.