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  cap badgeSignalman John Gibb Lawrie

Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve H.M Trawler 'Dhoon'
Service No: Clyde Z/7189

John Gibb Lawrie grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of William Morton Lawrie (22/07/1859-21/03/1928) and Agnes Alexander Lawrie ( /04/1861-1927) of 107 Alexander St, Coatbridge. John's father was an engine fitter and his mother was English born in Liverpool. John was the middle of 3 brothers who all fell. He also had 4 sisters one of whom Jeannie (Jane) was a teacher in Coatdyke School. His brothers were Lance Corporal Alexander Lawrie of the 9th Battalion Black Watch who was Killed in Action on the 31/07/1917 and Private William Lawrie of the 11th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders who Died of Wounds on the 12/10/1916. From 1901 Census - Address - 30 Alexander St, Coatbridge - William Lawrie aged 40, Agnes Lawrie aged 39, Jane Lawrie aged 9 (03/10/1891-1983), William Lawrie aged 7, John Lawrie aged 5, Alexander Lawrie aged 3, Mary Lawrie aged 1 (03/09/1899-1988).

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 107 Alexander St, Coatbridge


Lost at Sea 24/11/1916 after boat struck a mine


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James Findlay and Company, West Nile St, Glasgow


21 / DOB - 23/08/1895

Buried / Remembered

Portsmouth Naval Memorial (24), England.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

Standing on Southsea Common overlooking the promenade in Portsmouth, Hampshire, is the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. It commemorates nearly 10,000 naval personnel of the First World War and almost 15,000 of the Second World War who were lost or buried at sea. Among those commemorated at Portsmouth are most of the crew of HMS Bulwark, who died in 1914, and 127 men who lost their lives when the mine layer HMS Princess Irene exploded while anchored near Sheerness on 27 May 1915.

Additional Information

All 3 brothers died within 9 months of each other. See Directory for John's brothers Alexander and William's page. Also see Pension Records for all 3 brothers whose Pensions were awarded to their mother Agnes. John's boat hit a mine laid by a German U-Boat. This happened near the Newarp light vessel in the North Sea. There were no survivors from the 12 man crew. After the First World War, an appropriate way had to be found of commemorating those members of the Royal Navy who had no known grave, the majority of deaths having occurred at sea where no permanent memorial could be provided. The Portsmouth Naval Memorial was unveiled by the Duke of York (the future George VI) on 15 October 1924. Portsmouth Naval Memorial commemorates around 10,000 sailors of the First World War and almost 15,000 of the Second World War. Many thanks to my friend Dom for the photo (3) of John's name on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. John is also remembered on the Coatbridge Technical College and Coats Parish Churches Rolls of Honour and at the Family Plot in Old Monkland Cemetery (see photos). See photos for John's Newspaper clippings x 2, his name on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial x 3, his name on the Naval Casualties Index, his Naval Medal and Award Rolls, his CWGC Grave Registration, his name on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial Panel List, the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Blazer Badge and John's Pension Records x 3 (all 3 Lawrie brothers listed).

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