Citation signed by King George IV Portsmouth memorial Seamans will - official document about his possesions and money owed as he died without a will Photograph Letter to his sister Oct 1914 Christmas Card from HMS Defence 1915 Letter to sister Nov 1915
Lawrence Joseph Brown Gunner with Royal Marine Artillary no 14178 Only son of Robert and Ellen Brown, born 1896 in Malahide Co Dublin. Joined the Navy in August 1914 in Belfast. Gunner on HMS Defence out of Portsmouth. May have seen action in Galipoli. Killed in action 31st May 1916 in the Battle of Jutland. His vessel was one of the first casualties of the battle. 903 sailors perished on the HMS Defence and there were no survivors.