Mr John (aka Samuel) Collins was born in Ramsgate, Kent on 19 January 1874, the son of John Collins and Mary Lawrence.
He enlisted in the Royal Marines on 27th December 1890. Although he was underage he was retained and transferred from Walmer to Chatham on 1 Jan 1891 for further training but discharged as "invalided" on 8 March 1892. It is thought he later reenlisted and served during the boer war.
He was married in Ramsgate on 16 March 1902 to 17-year-old Harriett Farley (1885-1967) giving his occupation at the time as 'groom'.
When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as the Sailors' Home, (Southampton). His last ship had been the Highland Laddie. As a fireman he received monthly wages of £6.
Collins was rescued in Emergency Lifeboat 1 and was later called to testify at the British Inquiry into the disaster.
Courtesy of Malcolm Collins
References and Sources
England and Wales Census
Toronto Star, 16 April 1939, Rescued by the Same Lifeboat Titanic Survivors United Again
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Wreck Commissioners' Court, Proceedings before the Right Hon. Lord Mersey on a Formal Investigation Ordered by the Board of Trade into the Loss of the S.S. Titanic
Gavin Bell, UK
Peter Engberg, Sweden
Malcolm Collins, UK
Jason Tiller, Canada
Bill Wormstedt, USA
Articles and Stories
Toronto Daily Star (1939)