Arthur Peckham Burroughs was born in Lewisham, Kent, England in late 1877 1. He was the son of Arthur Burroughs (?) and Mary Jane Agnes Peckham (1857-1918). His parents appear never to have been married and his father's background and true identity is uncertain.
His mother Mary Jane was born in 1857 in Lymington, Hampshire. Following the birth of her seemingly illegitimate son Arthur in 1877 she was married to Tom Harry Rickman (b. 1855 in Boldre, Lymington), a carpenter, in Southampton in 1879. Together they would have two children, Harry (b. 1878) and Rose (b. 1880).
Arthur, for reasons unknown, is not listed with his mother and step-family on the 1881 census, and he does not appear to show up at any other address. His family were listed as living at 6 Bullar Street, Southampton. Arthur finally appears with his mother and stepfather on the 1891 census when they were living at Radcliffe Road, St Mary, Southampton with a 13-yearold Arthur being listed as a scholar. Arthur is again absent by the time of the 1901 census but his family are listed at 65 Northumberland Road, St Mary, Southampton.
Arthur was married in the second half of 1903 to Lyndhurst, Hampshire native Harriett Jane Howells (b. 1877). Together they would have three children: Arthur John (b. 28 February 1904), Harry (b. 24 November 1906) and Gwendoline Agnes (b. 30 June 1910).
Arthur is absent from the 1911 census. His wife and children are listed as living at 73 Adelaide Road, St Denys, Southampton.
When Arthur signed-on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as 73 Adelaide Road, (Southampton). His last ship had been the Philadelphia. As a fireman he received monthly wages of £6.
Arthur Burroughs died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified. He is remembered on a family headstone in the Old Cemetery, Southampton.
Arthur's widow Harriett was remarried in 1915 to Albert Edward Mullins and she had two children, Edward Ernest and Edna. Harriett remained in Southampton for the rest of her life and predeceased her husband when she died on 17 June 1949. Her husband outlived her by only a few months.
Arthur's son, Arthur John, was later married to Phyllis Butcher and they had one son and one daughter. Arthur died in Southampton in 1970.
Arthur's son Harry as later married to Elizabeth Batt and had two sons. He died in Southampton in 1985.
His daughter Gwendoline later married George Alfred Bannister and they had two sons. Gwendoline died in Hampshire in 1985.
His birth was registered in the last quarter of 1877. As his parents were unmarried at the time, his name was registered as Arthur Burroughs Peckham.
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