Mr Herbert Klein, 33, was born in Bradford in 1879, the son of Daniel Klein (a taylor) and Bertha (nee Brash).1
By 1901 he was working as a hairdresser and living at 52 Samuel St., Leeds.
He was married in Leeds in 1902 to Leah Nora Goldman.2 A daughter, Bella, was born in Liverpool in 1905.
By 1911 the family had moved to Southampton. Herbet was listed in the 1911 census living at 56 Oakley Road, Shirley Southampton. His occupation was Hairdresser : White Star Line.
Towards the end of 1911 a second daughter, Flora, was born in Southampton.
When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, he gave the same address. His last ship had been the Teutonic. As a barber working for the second class passengers he worked for tips and received only a shilling a week for living expenses.
Klein died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.
After the disaster Klein's wife, Mrs Leah Klein, claimed £300 compensation under the Workers Compensation Act. The case was heard at Southampton County Court in August 1912. The White Star Line argued that the Barber was not an employee of the company and it was not liable for compensation.
She also received £200 from his estate.3
- Daniel was born in Kalisz, Poland, Bertha was born in Russia (1881 cenbsus), or Germany (1891 census). In the 1881 and 1891 Census the surname is spelled Kleyn.
- Known to her family as Cissie. The wedding being solemnized at the old Hebrew Congregation, Belgrave Street, Leeds. GRO Marriage Index: Dec 1902:Leeds:9b,917
- Klein Herbert of 38A Church Street, Shirley, Southampton Died 15th April 12 at sea. Administration London 17th June to Leah Klein widow Effects £200.00
References and Sources
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Southern Daily Echo, 13 August 1912
Hampshire Independent, 17th August 1912
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966
Geoff Whitfield, UK
Andrew Williams, UK
Articles and Stories
Derby Daily Telegraph (1914)
HAMPSHIRE INDEPENDENT (1912)
Leeds Mercury (1912)