Thomas Albert Street was born in Shirley, Hampshire, England on 2 February 1887. He was the son of Henry Street (1835-1899), a gardener, and Emma Gates (1845-1925). Both his parents hailed from rural Hampshire and had married in 1865. They settled in Boldre, Hampshire before relocating to Romsey and finally settling in the Southampton area around 1886.
Thomas had at least twelve siblings: Alice Eva (b. 1862), Bessie (b. 1866), Henry (b. 1868), Charles (b. 1870), William (b. 1872), Frederick George (b. 1874), Fanny Maria (b. 1876), Mary Eliza (b. 1879), Annie Esther (b. 1881), Martha Emma (b. 1882), Walter John (b. 1884) and Cecil (b. 1891).
Thomas appears on the 1891 census and at that time he and his family were living at 10 Lion Street in Shirley, Hampshire, an address Thomas would live at for the next twenty years. The 1901 census describes Thomas, aged 14, as a gardener's son, he apparently having already left school and still without profession. His father had died in 1899 aged 63 and his mother was not remarried. When the 1911 census was conducted Thomas was not present at home, 10 Lion Street, and presumably at sea.
When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 6th April 1912, Thomas gave his address as 10 Lion St, (Southampton). His last ship had been the Olympic. As a Fireman he received monthly wages of £6.
Street was rescued in lifeboat 9.
Thomas returned to Southampton and continued working at sea into the 1920s at least. He was married in Southampton in early 1914 to Mary Eliza Draper (b. 27 April 1887 in Southampton) and the couple went on to have three sons: Albert John (1914-1996), Charles Frederick (1919-1979), and Archibald Henry (1919-1977).
Thomas and his family remained in Southampton. His wife Eliza passed away on 28 December 1953 and Thomas rallied for a further decade before passing on 26 January 1964.
1. He signed as, it would appear, "A. Streets".
2. The address listed by the U.S. senate was 10 Crown Street, Shirley, Southampton.
References and Sources
RMS Titanic: Agreement and Account of Crew (National Archives, London, BT100/259)
United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List
National Archive (CR10 Identity Card), Crown Copyright