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Signalman John Gibb Lawrie

Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve HMS Trawler `Dhoon`
Service No: Clyde Z / 7189

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of William Morton and Agnes Alexander Lawrie of 107 Alexander St, Coatbridge. Johns father was an engine fitter and his mother was English. John was the middle of 3 brothers who all fell. He also had 4 sisters one of whom Jeannie was a teacher in Coatdyke School. His brothers were Lance Corporal Alexander of the 9th Battalion Black Watch who was Killed in Action on the 31/07/1917 and Private William of the 11th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (see index)

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 107 Alexander St, Coatbridge

Died

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

Enlisted

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Employed

James Findlay and Company, West Nile St, Glasgow

Age

21

Buried / Remembered

Portsmouth Naval Memorial, 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. Johns 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. 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 Johns name on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial

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