Mr Francis William Somerton, 30, from Great Field, Cheltenham, England, was the eldest son of Mr and Mrs Somerton, of Petersham, Gloucester Road. His father was weigh clerk at the Cheltenham Gas Works. Francis was educated at Christ Church schools, and afterwards went through a course of training as an engineer at Whitehead's Torpedo School, near Weymouth.
About 1900, Mr Somerton emigrated to America and lived in Canastota, New York State. He returned to his home town in December 1911, bringing his wife with him; and in January was one of the guests at Christ Church Old Boys Dinner. For a short time he was working in Rugby, but the works were closed down through the coal strike, so he accepted an offer from the American firm by whom he was formerly employed, and was on his way to take up his duties again in Canastota when he booked passage on the Titanic.
He boarded the ship at Southampton as a third class passenger . He died in the sinking, his body, if recovered, was never identified.
Cheltenham Echo, April 20th 1912, "Anxiety of Cheltonians"
Cheltenham Echo, April 22nd 1912, "The Missing Cheltonian"
Rob Ottmers, USA