Athol Frederick Broome was born in Wood Green, Haringey, Middlesex, England in the summer of 1881 and he was baptised on 14 August that same year. He was the son of Harry Broome (1854-1896), a commercial traveller, and Rosa Ellen Harris (1856-1925) who had married in 1880. Both his parents hailed from Hampshire, his father from Portsmouth and his mother from Hartley Witney. He had two siblings, Madge Lilian (b. 1883), and another who died in infancy.
On the 1881 census, taken only months before Athol's birth, his parents were resident at 4 Lansdowne Terrace, Winkfield Road, Tottenham, Middlesex. Athol first appears on the 1891 census; at the time he and his sister Madge were boarding pupils at Glen Bessie Street (?) School, Church Lane, Edgware, Middlesex. His mother was listed elsewhere at 219 Oxford Street, St James, Westminster and was working as a dressmaker. His father died in 1896 aged 42 and by the time of the 1901 census Athol and his mother were living at 60 Charlotte Street, Marylebone. His mother was working as a costumes salesperson and Athol was already working at sea, described as a steward in the mercantile marine.
Athol was married in Southampton in the latter half of 1910 to Alice Schipper (b. February 22, 1888 in St John's Wood, Middlesex) but they would have no children. On the 1911 census Athol was absent and likely at sea, but his wife and mother were resident at White Lodge, Castle Road, Bitterne Park, Southampton, the home of his mother-in-law Mrs Alice Schipper.
When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as 1 White Lodge (Bitterne Park, Southampton). His last ship had been the Oceanic. As a first class steward he received monthly wages of £3 15s.
Athol Frederick Broome died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.
Athol's widow Alice was remarried in 1914 to Sydney Eustace Hill (1876-1948) and had three (?) children. Alice died in Kidderminster, Worcestershire in 1974.
A steward's jacket with the name 'Broome' sewn into it was recovered from the wreck during the salvage operations in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
References and Sources
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List
Gavin Bell, UK
Peter Engberg, Sweden