Harry Holman was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England in the summer months of 1883. He was the son of William Edward Holman (1856-1897), a general labourer, and Priscilla Mary Unwin (1859-1905), both natives of Portsmouth who had married in 1880.
Harry had five known siblings: Joseph Edward (b. 1884), Alice Emma (b. 1887), Nellie Louisa (b. 1888) and twins Alfred John and Frederick James (b. 1890).
Harry first appears on the 1891 census 6 Trimmers Court, Portsmouth. His father was killed 1897 aged 41 in a crane accident at Portsea docks. Harry initially launched a career as a fishmonger and appears as such on the 1901 census when he and his remaining family were living at Butcher Street, Portsmouth. When he went to sea is uncertain and his mother passed away in 1905.
Harry was married in Southampton in 1907 to Louisa Josephine Chiswell (b. 1887 in Southampton) but the couple would have no children. They appear on the 1911 census living at 10 Andersons Road, Southampton and Harry is described as a seaman for the White Star Line.
When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912 he lived at "Cathcart", Britannia Road, Northam, Southampton. As an able bodied seaman he received monthly wages of £5. His last ship had been the Dongola.
Holman died in the disaster. His body, if recovered, was never identified. The following death notice appeared in the Southern Daily Echo (26ril 1912):
HOLMAN -- On board S.S. Titanic, Harry, the dearly loved and loving husband of Louisa Josephine Holman, Cathcart, Britannia road, Southampton and Portsmouth, aged 27. Full of the hope of life, in the bravery of death. Portsmouth papers please copy.
Harry's widow Louisa was remarried three times, all without issue. Firstly in 1914 she was married to Albert G. Conabeer (b. 1892) but she was widowed in 1921. In 1933 she was once again married to Daniel Houston (b. 1886) but was again widowed five years later. Her last marriage was in 1941 to William Smith. She remained in Southampton for the rest of her life and died on 18 February 1957 aged 69.
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Southern Daily Echo (1912)
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