Henry "Harry" Finch was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England around 1893.
His exact background is unclear and he was possibly orphaned or abandoned at a young age (no family were mentioned in his obituary and nobody benefitted from any relief fund following his death).
It is possible that the Henry Herman Finch born in the second quarter of 1893 in Southampton is the correct person. Henry appears on the 1901 census as an inmate at the Southampton Incorporation Workhouse and he was described as a pauper. There is no sign of him on the 1911 census.
When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as 32 French Street, (Southampton). His last ship had been the Philadelphia and as a third class steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s.
Finch died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.
The following death notice appeared in The Hampshire Independent (4 May 1912):
FINCH--Harry, Deeply mourned by his many friends.
References and Sources
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)