Harry Thorn

Mr Harry Thorn

Mr Harry Thorn (aka Johnston) was born in Hampshire around 1887.

He married Elizabeth Eliza House in Southampton in 1908. 

When he signed-on to the Titanic in Southampton on 9 April 1912, he gave his name as "H. Johnston"2 and his address as 103 Albert Rd.3, (Southampton). He had transferred from the Minneapolis. As an assistant ship's cook he received monthly wages of £4.

Thorn died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.


  1. In the sign on sheet and deaths at sea register his age appears as 26. In the newpaper death notice it is given as 25. 
    A record for a "Harry Thorn" born Hythe, Hampshire appears in the 1891 and 1901 census.  In the 1891 census he is living with his grandmother Elizabeth Thorn. In 1901 he is listed as an adopted boy living with a family called Williams and working as a Butcher's boy.  This suggest he may have been the illegitimate son of one of Elizabeth Thorn's daughters
  2. In the death notice published in May 1912 his name was given as Thorn (Johnston)
  3. In the 1911 census his wife is shown living in a 2 room apartment at 103 Albert Road, Southampton.  Harry is not shown and there were no children from the marriage.

References and Sources

Crew Particulars of Engagement, Public Record Office (BT100/259)
FreeBMD. England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index: 1837-1915
1891,1901,1911 Census

Southern Evening Echo

Articles and Stories

Death Notice : Harry Thorn

Hampshire Independent  (1912) 


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