Aragõa Drummond Harrison was born in Surbiton, Surrey, England on 28 September 1871 and he was later baptised on 9 January 1876 in Twickenham.
He was the son of William Thomas Hugh Harrison, a military officer, and Elizabeth Harrison and he had three known siblings: Hugh Drummond (b. 1870), Mildred Ciceley Drummond (b. 1873) and Winifred Dorothea Amelia Drummond (b. 1875). Little is known about the family and, seemingly, they do not appear on any UK census records. His father William Thomas Hugh Harrison was first married in mid-1860 to Carolina Antonia Meneges d'Freitas Drummond Aragõa Dunn, who passed away in St Martin, Jersey on 12 March 1861. The circumstances of his second marriage are unclear.
Aragõa was married in Southampton in the summer of 1896 to Annie Irving Ross (b. 1871 in Maxwelltown, Dumfriesshire, Scotland), but they would have no children. He would later serve as a Lieutenant during the Boer War in the Royal Field Artillery.
On the 1901 census Aragõa is absent on duty in South Africa but his wife is listed as living at 67 Ludlow Road, Sholing, Southampton. On the 1911 census Aragõa and his wife are listed as living at 131 Oakley Road, Shirley, Southampton and he is described as a sea steward.
When Aragõa signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as 131 Oakley Road (Southampton). As a first class steward he received monthly wages of £3 15s. His last ship had been the Olympic.
Harrison was rescued in lifeboat 9.
How long Aragõa remained at sea is uncertain. He continued to live in Hampshire and died during the summer of 1947 in Winchester aged 75.
- Invariably listed as 'Aragon'
References and Sources
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Gavin Bell, UK
Michael Poirier, USA