Occupation: civil servant
Lawrence Galpin Hyde was born on 24 February 1893 in Wanganui, the son of James Hyde and Elizabeth Hyde, nee Roe. The family moved south and James farmed at Spring Grove, in the Brightwater area. Lawrence had two sisters, Ethel Jane and Winifred Maude, and one brother, Herbert Cresswell, according to the Spring Grove School admission register.
He attended Spring Grove School from 4 August 1898, his prior school was Wakefield. He later left for Pigeon Valley School. Lawrence attended Nelson College for Boys from1907 for three years and sat the Civil Service Entrance examination.
Lawrence worked as a civil servant for the New Zealand government.
He enlisted in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, in February and his address at that time was Wakefield. Lawrence was a Sapper (service number 4/755) with the Field Engineers of the Canterbury Battalion, 4th Reinforcement and embarked overseas on 17 April. He served in the Balkan theatre of war in 1915. During the Gallipoli campaign he became ill with gastro enteritis and was hospitalized in June. He was in various hospitals through to early 1916.
Lawrence recovered and returned to duty and then embarked at Alexandria for Southampton, England in July. After a stay at Sling camp he was moved on to France and joined the New Zealand Division by 27 September.
During 1917 he was punished three times in April, May and July, for parading with dirty buttons, for leaving camp while under medical treatment and for being late to parade respectively.
Lawrence was granted leave in England in January. On 1 November, back in the field in France, he was wounded in action and received shrapnel wounds to his leg and shoulder. The shoulder healed well but the legs went on to trouble him.
He was discharged no longer physically fit due to wounds received in action and embarked for home 10 March. His final discharge was 25 May.
After the war Lawrence worked as a farmer at Brightwater. He was recorded as marrying on 8 September 1924, his wife is recorded as Mrs D. M. Hyde.
During the Second World War Lawrence enlisted on 17 April 1941 and served as part of the Home Guard. By then the family had two children and was living at Brightwater.
He died on 3 August 1979.