Arthur Herbert Morgan was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England in 1885 and his birth was registered in the second quarter of that year. He was the son of Charles Morgan (b. 1841 in Blandford, Dorset), a bookbinder, and Caroline Wood (b. 1848 in Southampton) who had married in Southampton in 1881.
His father Charles had previously been married in 1867 to Eliza Bampton (1848-1880) and they had four (?) sons: Charles (b. 1868), George (b. 1870), Harry (b. 1876) and William (b. 1879). His remarriage to Caroline Wood resulted in a further ten children, six of whom died in infancy. The known children from this union were: Harold Caleb (b. 1883), Arthur (b. 1885), Frederick (b. 1889), Leonard (b. 1890) and Edward (b. 1894).
Arthur first appears on the 1891 census when he and his family were living at 121 Bevois Street, St Mary, Southampton and would still be resident here according to the 1901 census, by which time Arthur had left schooling and was working as an errand boy. His family would still be present at the same address by the time of the 1911 census although his father had passed away in 1910. His mother would later pass away in Southampton in 1933 aged 85.
Arthur was married in Southampton in late-1908 to Eleanor Earley (b. 1889 in Southampton, daughter of Frank and Mary Ann Earley) and the couple welcomed a son named Francis Arthur in 1909. On the 1911 census Arthur and his young family were listed at 15 Cook Street, St Mary, Southampton, the home of his parents-in-law, and he was described as a ship's cook assistant. Sadly Arthur's son Francis "Frankie" would lose his life aged only 2 years on 14 August 1911.
When he signed on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as 18 Threefield Lane, (Southampton). As a trimmer received monthly wages of £5, 10s. The Titanic was his first ship.
Arthur Morgan died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified. He is remembered on a family grave in Southampton Common Cemetery and the following death notice appeared in the Southern Daily Echo (30 April 1912):
MORGAN--April 15th, at sea, on s.s. Titanic, Arthur Herbert, age 27, the second son of Caroline and the late Charles Morgan, of 121 Bevois Street, Southampton. Gone but not forgotten.
Arthur's widow died before the end of the year aged 23.
Gavin Bell, UK