Laurence was educated at City of London School, Worcester Royal Grammar School and Birmingham University, matriculating at London University. During this time he displayed himself as being a good ameteur athlete, and won the mile race at the Univeristy Sports on three occations, as well as winning the Old Boy's race at the Grammar School Sports. He had passed all his examinations for the dental profession except the final, and would have taken that in the November 1914 if war hadn't broken out in August. He volunteered and enlisted in the R.A.M.C. on the 29th August and was attached to the Nursing Section. He left for the Dardanelles with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, entering the war in the Balkans on 11th July 1915. He was killed at 5.30 a.m. The Adjutant (Capt E F Burke) wrote: "We had gove out to a valley and had opened up an advanced dressing station there to attend to the wounded. They were just behind the firing line, and were under shell and rifle fire all the time. Your son was bravely dressing a wounded man on a stretcher, and as he was kneeling down adjusting the bandage a machine gun opened fire on us, and he was shot through the heart whilst doing his duty. He died a very brave soldier's death, and had all along displayed the greatest courage under fire. He was buried by his comrades where he died. He was a very great favourate with all." Laurance now has no known grave, he was the son of Sir Arthur of Colehurst, Worcester. High Sheriff and Alderman, and owner of several London and provincial places of amusement, by his wife, Lady Maude, daughter of Graham Seymour.