David Lawrence AM

28/03/1936 - 15/03/2023

Loving husband of Val, amazing father of Liz, DJ and Jacque, proud father-in-law of Lindsay, and doting grandfather of DC and Andrew and their partners Leah and David.
Dearly loved and sadly missed.

Relatives and friends of David Robert Lawrence are invited to attend his Funeral Service to be held at St. George’s Anglican Church, Mercer St, Queenscliff on WEDNESDAY (March 29) at 11:00am, followed by a burial at the Queenscliff Cemetery, Pt. Lonsdale.

If you are unable to attend David’s funeral service in person, you can view his service live in your home. To do so, please use the following link:


St George's Anglican Church
Mercer Street Queenscliff
29/03/2023 @ 11:00
Lindsay Morton
2023-03-17 10:13:05
A true gentleman for whom I have the greatest respect. As a serviceman he was held in high regard by his troops and those that served with him. As a husband, father and grandfather he was an absolute role model. As a friend, mentor and Father In Law I valued the times spent together and for the advice, wisdom and laughs. We had great times together and I will cherish those memories. Rest In Peace David Lest We Forget
Lindsay Francis
2023-03-17 11:53:32
I had the pleasure to have served with David in Vietnam in A an B Sqd during the majority of 1969. Members of 1 Troop had the utmost respect for him as our leader and as a man. I remember many years later at one of our reunions having a conversation with him where he confided in me that his primary role was to try and get his boys home safely. That is the testament of the man who had genuine concerns for his troops.. May you rest in peace David and i am proud to have served with you. Lest we forget
Barry Mionnet
2023-03-18 04:01:52
I had the privilege of working with Dave at Enoggera after he came back from Vietnam. We had many great games of squash which Dave always won. My wife always said he was a great gentleman and enjoyed talking with him. I absolutely enjoyed my time working with him. Our thoughts go out to Val and family and May they gather comfort from all who served with him. Rest in peace Dave and into the green fields beyond.
2023-03-18 09:28:20
We served together in the middle // late 1960's. He was a man's man & I now hope has met up with the boys who have passed on at the BIG range in the sky.
Dean Joyce
2023-03-18 09:40:52
Rest In Peace Sir Lest We Forget
Paula Johnson
2023-03-18 10:59:23
Dear Val, Lewis and I have very fond memories of David at Peter’s place and at the races. Our thoughts are with you. With love, Paula
chris smith
2023-03-19 03:01:24
I served with David in both Vietnam and Enoggera wnere he was a good, casual leader. My wife and I used to enjoy those get together BBQ's. Our thoughts are with Val and your family at this time. RIP
David Gilroy
2023-03-20 01:28:02
Val and family, condolences from Anne and David on your loss. We share the loss of a comrade, friend and golfer. Warmest regards DJ and Anne
Maurie Meecham
2023-03-20 03:23:39
David will be missed by all who knew him. A great mentor, friend, sportsman and soldier who was always the life of the party. Who could forget the images of him at our numerous themed parties in the early 1970s at Enoggera. Joan and I will miss him dearly; and pass on our condolences to Val, Liz, DJ and Jacque and family. RIP David
Mick & Irena Butler
2023-03-20 05:00:12
A man for all seasons who took life in his stride, cheerfully! A cheeky grin, a roll of the eyes and you knew Dave was in fine form, in and out of uniform. Put your feet up Dave and wait for the rest of us to join you!
Marli Wallace
2023-03-20 05:17:23
Dear Val and Family. I am unable to be with you at Queenscliff but wish to say that I shared a house in Caulfield with your mother Val and experienced her joy of engagement to David and some of their early years. Life took them away from me but I heard snippets from time to time. I believe they continued to enjoy a wonderful life together. My best wishes to you all and I shall be with you in spirit on the day of the funeral. Special love to Val.
Rick Coate
2023-03-21 13:53:04
When I was 15 I wanted to join the Army.CO David took me into Balconbe Apprentice School for a trial as an anonymous new recruit. Fortunately Mum had shaved my head during a pink music experiment!I lasted 5 days. David and I joked about it later in life but it gave me much admiration for his humility and taught me lessons that I still carry today. RIP Uncle David.I hope you and Bob are sharing stories of Lakes and Melbourne Grammar over a port or whiskey. Much love Rick
Russ Parker
2023-03-22 01:41:49
Vale Sir, your duty to country and family is done. Rest in eternal peace.
David Anderson
2023-03-22 10:56:46
For the 36th Class at AAS, he was the first CO of our careers. He showed us how to lead with care and compassion mixed in with just the right amount of discipline to prepare us for the broader ARA and life. RIP Sir.
Glen & Sandra Hickey
2023-03-22 23:29:46
We had been aware of David’s failing health for some time: But the message that he has passed hit like a body blow. We knew him so well over a long period of time. For many years, Sandra’s mother (Muriel) and Val were a powerful twosome in Toastmistresses with David having to act as Chaperone in different locations across Australia on various occasions – and they needed it! Hence, the pair of us were more than delighted to embrace the Lawrence’s hospitality prior to our own move to Queenscliff (Super Bowl party - no less) and during our year there. When Muriel died, David and Val were at the funeral. While Glen left the army some twelve months after Staff College, we kept up with David and Val – including at least one glorious dinner in London during David’s Attaché days. The real long-lasting fun was the annual New Year’s Gala at Charlecote where we all dressed in ridiculous costumes awaiting mid-night indulging in some interesting interactions. (eg Sandra as a Vampire one year; a Lion the next, and a jockey in full VRC-approved silks the next.) The place rocked. David’s main challenge was to keep his stockbroker cousin (Peter, who was Glen’s work colleague) in order; sometimes he succeeded! It will be hard to stroll along the Esplanade knowing that David is no longer sitting at his upstairs’ window looking down. Regrettably, we cannot make St Georges as we are currently in Colorado. Today, we lit the traditional candle at St Mary’s church, Aspen. In accordance with that local tradition, David’s name (and rank) was entered into the “Libro con los nombres de los difuntos.” The knell tolled for him at midday. VALE Colonel Sincere condolences Val. Love Sandra & Glen
Bruce Murray
2023-03-24 01:52:43
To Val and family, On behalf of the Fort Queenscliff Heritage Association please accept my deepest sympathies for the recent passing of David, our former Patron and most honoured Friend of the Fort. His contribution to Fort Queenscliff will not be forgotten by the many staff, students, colleagues, tour guides and friends that knew him from the Army Staff College days and the years beyond where he was pivotal in establishing the Fort’s Museum and Heritage Association. His dedicated service to preserving the Fort for future generations is a legacy that you and your family can be extremely proud.
Jim Hislop
2023-03-24 06:03:56
A wonderful leader it was indeed a pleasure to work with David at AAS Balcombe and then Bonegilla. Many graduates of AAS owe their after graduation success to the lessons they learned from a caring and compassionate man. David will be missed at the next AAS reunion but many stories of a great man will be told. Sincere condolences to Val and Family. Bern and Jim Hislop
Craig Burn
2023-03-24 08:28:29
Sincere condolences to Val and family, It is with great regard that I reflect on the hospitality that Val and David extended in their home to the Armoured Corps students of the 1997 Command and Staff Course. I also remember a wonderful evening in the Mess at a Cambrai Dinner that we hosted for David. David was a true gentleman and we were the better for having shared in his wisdom and example.
Bob Sayce
2023-03-25 03:12:38
Dear Val, Marg and I will never forget the support and kindness David and yourself provided us when Marg dislocated her knee early in 1979. Again when we followed in your footsteps to the Army Advisors post in London you had both set up the Bayswater Road apartment with Dame Elizabeth with such foresight that it became a comfortable and welcoming home for many Australians and their guests. David was an outstanding officer and leader. A gentleman, friend and mentor to those privileged to serve with him. His efforts in assisting the Queenscliff community are well known and complimented your own admirable achievements. David will long be remembered and sadly missed. Please accept our condolences. Marg and Bob
David Hawes
2023-03-25 07:20:46
Vale Sir, Your duty is complete. Rest in Peace.
Barbara Abley
2023-03-27 07:33:03
The Order of St John of Jerusalem Knights Hospitaller acknowledges with sadness the death of a revered member, Chevalier Colonel David Lawrence AM KJSJ, and extends to Dame Val Lawrence OAM JP DJSJ and her family the Victorian Priory's deepest condolences and love.
Linda Nicholls
2023-03-27 22:44:04
Sincere condolences to Val and all the family at this sad time.
Geoff Stone
2023-03-27 22:50:34
To Val and family, I have fond memories and great respect for David’s role model and guidance during my years as a ‘subbie’ at Enoggera in the early 70s. Our sincere condolences. Geoff & Genelle
Sarah Barras
2023-03-28 10:34:02
Dearest Jacque, Val and family, Our heart felt condolences on Davids passing. A truly wonderful man that has lived an amazing life. He is now no longer suffering. All our love from Greg, Sarah, Campbell and Amelie xxxxxx
Ian McDonald
2023-03-28 11:12:59
To Val, Liz, DJ and Jacque on behalf of the 38th Class Army Apprentices we would like to pass on our condolences to you all. Colonel Lawrence inspired us as 15-17 year olds and was our father figure in 1983-84. He along with Liz graciously attended our 30th Anniversary of enlistment in Albury. We wish to pass on our heart felt sorrow of the loss of a great leader, husband and father. May he Rest in peace knowing that he had inspired so many soldiers and their future careers being The Commandant at AAS.
Peter and Diane Lyons
2023-03-28 23:35:37
Dear Val and family, Very sad to hear of the passing of David. I served with David with 1 Troop in Vietnam and held him in very high regard. We, also, had the pleasure of staying with both of you in Queenscliff and of course signing your Guest Book.
Steve Hughes
2023-03-29 04:32:15
is attending the funera
Roger & Rhonda Powell
2023-04-01 06:52:19
Dear Val, Liz, DJ & Jaque, We send our heartfelt condolences to you all and to your extended families as you shoulder the loss of a wonderful husband and father to you, and much more to so many more family members, friends and colleagues over a lifetime of love, care & service. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this time as you face such a huge loss in your lives. Lots of love, Roger & Rhonda Powell
In Loving Memory
Barry Mionnet
Kathleen & David Black/Browne
chris smith
Chris & Mary Christoforou
Kerryn McIver
Amanda Riedel
Sophie White
Garry Bell
Jess White
Emily Grutzner
Anna Webb
Tina Stern
Rick Coate
Russ Parker
Robyn Petch
Vicki Bird
Judy Mack
Valerie Mooney
Leah Christoforou
Margaret Morton
Kay and Wayne Kendall
David Hawes
Ian & Judy Hearn
Linda Nicholls
Astrid Neill
Melinda & Kevin Hughes/Woods
Jodi Hanlon
Linda Young
Peter and Diane Lyons
June McLay
John and Linda Ison
Sue Hurley