Mr Harry James Smither was born on 13 November 1889 in Kilburn, Middlesex, England.
He was the son of Harry James Smither (1857-1930), a police constable, and Louisa Bergin (1857-1930). His father originated in Hampshire and his mother in Paddington, London and they had married in Hampshire in 1882.
Harry was one of six children, his siblings being: Archibald (b. 1883), Gertrude (b. 1885), Elizabeth (b. 1887), Maud (b. 1892) and Clara (b. 1894).
Harry first appears on the 1891 census. At that time he and his family were living at 7 Dennington (?) Park Road, Hampstead, London and would be listed as living at 2 St George's Road, Hampstead at the time of the 1901 census when Harry was still listed as a schoolboy. When the 1911 census was taken, Harry and his family were listed at 1 St Bernard, Ashtree Road, Bitterne Park, Southampton; Harry was then described as a stoker at a stationary engine.
Harry was married in Southampton in late-1911 to Daisy Farmer (b. 1894 in Eastleigh, Hampshire) and they had a daughter named Louisa shortly after.
When Harry signed on to the Titanic, in Southampton on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as 1 Ashtree Road, (Southampton). His previous ship had been the Oceanic and as a fireman he could expect to earn monthly wages of £6.
Harry Smither died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.
His widow Daisy was remarried in 1914 to Walter Edmond G. Whitlock (1891-1973) and had several more children. She is believed to have died in 1917 aged 23. What became of her daughter Louisa is not certain.
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