Edwin Lawrence and Mary Ann Porch
Mary Ann moved with her family to Eastleigh, Hampshire in about 1910 when the London and South West Railway Company opened its new locomotive works. Her youngest son William was an engine fitter for L&SWR which was probably the reason for the move. They lived at 174 Southampton Road, Easleigh, right opposite the railway works.
Mary Ann died in 1924 in Eastleigh, Hants and is buried in Eastleigh cemetery along with her son William who died the following year.
William Lawrence was born in 1881 in Stratford, West Ham, Essex. He became an engine fitter for the London and South West Railway Company and was the family's main bread winner. He never married but remained with his mother and sisters all his life. He died aged 44 on 29th May in Eastleigh, Hampshire. He left a will which was proved at Winchester on 13th August 1925 to his sister and executor, Elizabeth Matilda Lawrence. Value of effects - £702 16 s 6 d
Edwin Lawrence Royal Navy Service
With the end of the war insight the St Jean Dacre left the Black Sea on 15th November bound for the Mediterranean where she spent the winter in Malta. She left Malta in the spring, spending some time at Piraeus and Constantinople before returning to the Crimea where she embarked the men of the Grenadier Guards at Kazatch. She left Kazatch on 5th June bound for home arriving at Portsmouth on 1st July where she disembarked the troops and then headed for Plymouth.
For his service in the Crimean War Edwin was awarded 3 campaign medals, the British Crimea War Medal with 2 clasps (Sevastopol and Azov) the Turkish Crimea War Medal and the Baltic Medal. He was promoted to the rank of " able seaman" on 1st May 1856.
The war now over and peaceful relations restored with Russia, in July 1856 the St Jean Dacre was fitted out to accommodate a number of high ranking dignitaries including Sir Robert Peel, Marquis Stafford and Earl Dalkieth and their staff. At Kiel on 28th July she embarked Lord Granville and his suite at the head of the British delegation to the coronation of Tzar Alexander II of Russia. She arrived in St Petersburg in August 1856 and remained for the coronation, returning to Portsmouth on 19th October and then headed for Plymouth where she was paid off on the 6th November. Edwin was assigned to HMS Plumper on 8th November 1856.
Launched in 1848, HMS Plumper was an 8 gun wooden screw sloop. Edwin joined her on her 3rd commission for which she had been converted to a survey ship and her guns increased to 12. Commanded by George Henry Richards, she was commissioned to survey the coast of British Columbia, Canada, charting the Fraser River, Burrard Inlet, Howe Sound, Sunshine Coast, Victoria and Esquimalt.
In 1858 HMS Plumper was involved in the Pig War crisis (so called because it was triggered by the shooting of a pig) a border dispute between the United States and Great Britain. HMS Plumper was one of three British warships, the others being HMS Tribune and HMS Satellite, dispatched by Governor James Douglas to prevent American Soldiers erecting fortifications and landing reinforcements. The Plumper was at times also called upon to intervene in matters of civil unrest. In August of 1858 she was dispatched to Victoria Harbour, Vancouver, to control a group of 3000 "Rowdies" who had gathered in Victoria after the arrest and subsequent rescue of one of their number from the Police. The small Police force were unable to cope with such numbers and called upon the Governor for assistance. On entering the harbour at midnight and landing one hundred men she then anchored off the town. The presence in the harbour of a Royal Navy warship diffused the situation and the police were able to re-arrest the liberated prisoner.
In January 1861 the Plumper was relieved by HMS Hecate and Captain Richards, swapped commands with his counterpart on the Hecate. Edwin was also one of those who remained with his captain and transferred to the Hecate.