Mr Arthur Ford was born in Bridgwater, Somerset, England in the early months of 1889.
He was the son of Arthur Ford (b. 1857), a plasterer, and Sarah Lewis (b. 1861). Whilst his father was also a native of Bridgwater, his mother hailed from Plymouth, Devon and they were married in Bridgwater in 1880 and had a total of eight children, with six surviving infancy.
His known siblings were: Willie (b. 1881), Florence Kate (1885-1936, later Mrs Henry Duddridge), Rose (b. 1886), Lena (1895-1968) and Beatrice (b. 1898).
Arthur first appears on the 1891 census living at 54 West Street in Bridgwater and on the following 1901 census at 9 Lyndale Avenue, also in Bridgwater. He was still living with his family by the time of the 1911 census when they were recorded at 9 Victoria Road, Bridgwater and Arthur was described as an unmarried carpenter aged 22. He was engaged to be married to a woman named Elizabeth Grimes who, in 1912, reportedly lived in Newark, New Jersey.
Arthur boarded the Titanic at Southampton on 10 April 1912 as a third class passenger (ticket number 1478 which cost £8, 1s). He was destined for Elmira, New York to the home of his brother Willie who had emigrated there in April 1902 aboard the Majestic, then commanded by Captain Edward Smith.
Arthur Ford died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.
His parents remained at 9 Victoria Road for the rest of their lives. His mother Sarah died in 1926 aged 67 whilst his father died on 20 October 1932. What became of his fiancée is unknown.
References and Sources
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55)
Gavin Bell, UK
Steve Coombes, UK
Articles and Stories
Newark Evening News (1912)