Hubert Prouse Perriton was born over the summer months of 1880 in Southampton, Hampshire, England.
He was the son of John Prouse Perriton (b. 1836), a ship's quartermaster, and his wife Edith (b. 1843). His father was originally from Ringmore, Devon and his mother from the Isle of Wight and they had married around 1872, going on to have five children, losing one in infancy: Ida (b. 1873), Laura Christian (b. 1876), Edwin John (1878-1878) Hubert (b. 1880) and Archibald (b. 1882).
Hubert first appears on the 1881 census and at that time he and his family were living at 24 Nelson Street, St Mary, Southampton. The 1901 census shows that Hubert is absent from the family home, perhaps already at sea, but his family are by now living at Clifford Street in Southampton. When the 1911 census was conducted Hubert was described as an unmarried ship's steward and still living with his family, now at 11 St Andrew's Road, Southampton. His mother was now a widow, his father having died in 1907 aged 71.
Hubert signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, and gave his address as 11 St Andrew's Road, (Southampton). His last ship had been the St. Louis. As a saloon steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s.
Hubert Perriton died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified. The following death notice appeared in the Hampshire Independent:
PERRITON--April 15, 1912, at sea, in the Titanic disaster, Hubert Prouse Perriton, aged 31, the dearly beloved and eldest son of Edith Perriton, of 11, St Andrew's Road, Southampton. Sadly missed by his sorrowing mother, sisters, and brother. "Safe in the arms of Jesus."
His family later received financial aid from the Lord Mayor's fund.
He is mentioned on a Gravestone in the Old Cemetery, Southampton Common, Southampton:
His mother Edith died in 1921.
1. Sometimes listed as "Prouse"
2. From the Mansion House Titanic Relief Fund Booklet, March 1913: Number 553. Perriton, Edith, mother and unnamed sister. Both class D dependants.
3. A probate Report from Liverpool Library, reads: Perriton, Hubert Prouse, of 11 St. Andrews Road, Southampton. Ships steward. Administration, Winchester 2nd August to Florence Annie Penrose, widow. Effects £131.3s.4d.
References and Sources
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Alphabetical List of the Crew of the "Titanic", Public Record Office (BT100/259)
Casualty List, Public Record Office (BT100/259)
Mansion House Titanic Relief Fund Booklets and Minute Books