Mr William Arthur Lucas was born in Winchester on 21 April 1886, the son of Nicholas Lucas and Louisa (nee Parbam).
He had previously served in the Royal Navy.
When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as 2 Corporation Flats, (Southampton). He transferred from the Oceanic. As an Able Bodied Seaman he received monthly wages of £5.
As Collapsible D was lowered William Lucas of Southampton told First Class passenger Miss Edith Corse Evans, who was standing on deck, 'There's another boat going to be put down for you' but there was no boat and Edith was left behind.
Lucas was rescued, probably on Collapsible D. He testified at the British Titanic Inquiry.
William Arthur Lucas later served on the Derwent River, the War Mehtar, Polynesia, Bellagio, and the Constance. He is listed on his CR10 identity card as a Bosun.
He died on 22 September 1921 at the Royal Free Hospital, Grays Inn Road, London apparently having shot himself on a train.
His estate valued at £142 12s 1d was left to his sister Gertrude the widow of Montague Vincent Mathias, a steward who died in the Titanic disaster. His home at the time was 12 St Catherine's Road, Winchester.
References and Sources
Board of Trade Hearings, Testimony
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Walter Lord (1976) A Night to Remember. London, Penguin. ISBN 0 14 004757 3
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
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966 Record for William Arthur Lucas
CR10 Identity Card (National Archives)
Senan Molony, Ireland
Mike Poirier, USA
Brian Ticehurst, UK
Articles and Stories
Daily Sketch (1912)
Syracuse Herald (1921)