Lorenzo (Lawrence) Horace Mitchell was born in 1893 in Southampton, Hampshire, England, his birth being registered in the September quarter of that year. He was the son of Herbert Robert John Mitchell (1872-1950) and Sentina Conti (1872-1917). Both parents were natives of Southampton and had married in 1891 in that city.
Lorenzo--now named Lawrence--first appears on the 1901 census living at 71 Mount Pleasant Road, Southampton with his parents and siblings: Percival Harold (b. 1892), Robert Herbert (b. 1895) and Reginald Harry (b. 1898). His father is described as a joiner. At the time of the 1911 census the family have moved to 193 Northam Road, Southampton and Lawrence is described as a hairdresser. New additions to the family include: Dorothy (b. 1899), Leonard Archibald (b. 1900), Montague Henry (b. 1903), Harold Edward (b. 1907), Gertrude Louise (b. 1908) and Norman (b. 1911).
When he signed on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as 45 Bevois Valley, Southampton. As a trimmer he received monthly wages of £5 10. His previous ship had been the Oceanic.
Lawrence Mitchell was lost in the Titanic disaster. His body, if recovered, was never identified.