Arthur Curtis was born in Farnham, Surrey, England in early 1886 and his birth was registered in the first quarter of that year. He was baptised in St Andrew's Church, Farnham on 26 February 1886. Arthur was the son of George Curtis (1854-1912) and Frances "Fanny" Elizabeth Haines (1855-1915). His father was native to Farnham and his mother originally from Somerset and they married in Farnham in 1877.
Arthur was one of ten children with five surviving past infancy. His known siblings were: Matilda (b. 1878), Kate (b. 1880), Nellie (b. 1882) and Ada (b. 1888).
Arthur and his family are listed on the 1891 census living at 2 Napchester Villa, Aldershot, Hampshire and his father was described as a gardener. They have moved to 63 Kingsley Road, Shirley, Southampton by the time of the 1901 census and Arthur's father was now described as a grocer's porter. Arthur, aged 15, has already left school and is working as a bricklayer's labourer. He isn't present on the 1911 census, perhaps already at sea, but his parents are listed at 55 Kingsley Road, Shirley, his mother being described as an invalid. His father seemingly passed away in early 1912.
When Arthur signed on to the Titanic in Southampton on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as 55 Kingsley Road, (Southampton). His previous ship had been the Oceanic. As a fireman he could expect monthly wages of £6.
Arthur Curtis as lost in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified. He is commemorated on the Millbrook Church Memorial, Southampton. His mother died in 1915.
Gavin Bell, UK