Harold Charles William Phillimore was born in Shirley, Southampton, Hampshire, England on 1 May 1888. He was the son of Henry Charles Phillimore (1856-1930), a mariner, and Caroline Grant (1862-1940). His father hailed from Shirley and his mother from in Corfe Castle, Dorset, and they had married in 1883.
Harold was one of eight children born to his parents, his siblings being: Carry Ethel (b. 1885), Beatrice Maud (b. 1890), Daisy May (b. 1892), Henry Sidney (b. 1894), Ellen Kathleen (b. 1896), Florence Mabel (b. 1898) and Basil Edward (b. 1905).
He first appears on the 1891 census when the family were living at 86 Church Street, Shirley. The 1901 census would see the family having moved to 42 Tory (?) Road, Portswood, Southampton. Harold had already went to sea by the time of the 1911 census, being described as a seaman and still living at home with his family, now at 73 Priory Road, St Denys.
When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, Harold gave his address as 72 Priory Road, (Southampton). He had transferred from the Olympic. He received monthly wages of £3, 15s.
Harold remained on the Titanic during her final throes and managed to climb aboard some floating wreckage. He was one of only a very few men rescued from the water by lifeboat 14 which had, under the command of Fifth Officer Harold Lowe, distributed its passengers to other boats and returned to the scene of the sinking amid hundreds of floating bodies to search for survivors.
Harold Phillimore c.1919
(National Archives, crown copyright, courtesy of Michael Poirier)
Phillimore continued as a steward in the merchant marine into the 1920s and beyond. In 1913 he was married to Mabel Podesta (b. 1889 in Southampton) but the couple would have no children. Mabel died in 1933 and Harold was remarried two years later to Annie Carver but would again have no children.
He settled in Eastleigh, Hampshire and died in Winchester on 26 April 1967.
References and Sources
Crew Particulars of Engagement
General Register Office Certified Copy of an Entry of Death
United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List
Gavin Bell, UK
Phillip Gowan, USA
Brian Ticehurst, UK
Bill Wormstedt, USA
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