Mr Fred Toms
Mr Fred Toms, 29, was born in Hampshire1,2 on 3 October 1882 the son John Toms (1848-c.1908) and Matilda Ann Mullens (1849-1936). He had 6 siblings: William Charles Toms (1875-1962), John Henry Toms (1878-1948), Fanny Toms (1880-1882), Emily Toms (1884-1980), Kate Toms (1887-1909) and Ernest Toms (born 1890).
Toms signed-on to the Titanic in Belfast as a steward on 1 April 1912. When he signed-on again in Southampton on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as Hillside Rd. B.P. (Bitterne Park, Southampton)3. As a steward he received monthly wages of £3 15s. He had transferred from the Olympic.
Toms continued to work for White Star, he signed-on to the Oceanic on 10 July 1912 but his health was impaired by his Titanic experience and he left the Oceanic, returned to Southampton and married Norah Louisa Phillips (born 1885).
The same year, 1912, they emigrated to Los Angeles4, California where he worked as a railway clerk for the Southern Pacific Railway5,6,7.
Fred would write regularly to his Southampton relatives until his death a few years later. His widow, Louisa, returned his body to Southampton for burial.
References and Sources
Crew Particulars of Engagement, Public Record Office (BT100/259)
Philip Hind (Editor)
Inger Sheil, UK
Kerri Sundberg, USA
Tony Bull, UK
Peter Engberg, UK
Titanic Passenger and Crew Summary
Name: Mr Fred Toms
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