Lawrence Alexander Perkins was born in the spring of 1890 in Southampton, Hampshire, England and his birth was registered in the July quarter of that year. He was baptised on 10 August 1890 in Compton, Hampshire. He was the son of Thomas Butcher Perkins (b. 1852 in Freemantle, Southampton) and Hannah Bowsher (b. 1866 in Winchester) who were married in 1884 in Winchester, Hampshire. He had two known siblings, Thomas John (b. 1885) and Arthur Charles (b. 1892).
Lawrence appears on the 1891 census when he and his family were living at 44 Winchester Road, South Stoneham, Hampshire and his father Thomas was described as a "practical driver". He, his mother and brothers departed from Southampton on 9 September 1893 on the Pretoria bound for Cape Town, South Africa. When Lawrence returned to the UK is not certain.
When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, Lawrence gave his address as 24 Emsworth Road, (Southampton), the home of a Mr Henry Stacey. His last ship had been the Olympic. As telephone steward he received monthly wages of £3 15s.
Perkins died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified. The following death notice appeared in the Hampshire Chronicle (27 April 1912):
PERKINS--LOST, in Titanic disaster, Laurence Alexander Perkins, telephone operator, dearly beloved son of T. and A. Perkins, of the "New Inn," Soberton, late of South Africa.