Albert Harry Copperthwaite was born on 25 December 1883 in Southampton, Hampshire, England. He was the son of Arthur Flint Copperthwaite (1842-1919), a ship's steward, and Clara Carter (1842-1929), Southampton-natives who had married in that City in All Saints Church on 30 September 1861.
Albert was the youngest of eight children born to his parents, one of whom died in infancy. His surviving siblings were: Alfred J. (b. 1866), Ada Susanna (b. 1869), Ernest George (b. 1872), Laura Clarinda (b. 1875), Lily Louise (b. 1878) and Frederick Adolphus (b. 1882).
Albert first appears on the 1891 census; he and his family were then living at 3 Spa Road, All Saints, Southampton. The family would have relocated to 29 John Street, St Mary, Southampton by the time of the 1901 census but Albert was absent and listed as a visitor at the address of his married sister Laura Noyce and her family at 1 Mount Street, All Saints. Aged 18, he was described as a ship's trimmer.
Titanic fireman Albert Harry "Bert" Copperthwaite
Albert was married in Southampton in 1907 to Kate Young (?) but what became of that arrangement is unknown. He later began a relationship with Maud Beatrice Johnson (b. 1891 in Southampton) but the two were never married. They had a daughter Alice Lily at the beginning of 1911.
Albert, known as "Bert," appears on the 1911 census living at 8 Wharf Street, Southampton and he is described as a mariner who had been married for a year. Maud Johnson and her child are described as lodgers.
When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 6th April 1912, Albert gave his address as 39 Mount Street, (Southampton). His last ship had been the Olympic. As a fireman he received monthly wages of £6.
Copperthwaite died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified. His daughter and mother both benefitted from the Titanic Relief Fund.
Maud Beatrice Johnson was married in 1914 to William Thompson and had several children. She died in Southampton in 1967. His daughter Alice, better known as Lily, was married in 1931 to Charles Alfred Line (1904-1953). She died in Southampton in 1956.
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Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259).
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