Mr John Adams (Richard May)
Mr Richard May (later known as Mr John Adams), 26, was born in the village of Pancrasweek, West Devon in 1886. He was the son of John May (agricultural labourer) and Mary Elizabeth May. He was the brother of John Henry and Ethel Mary Elizabeth.
Richard worked as a farm hand and at some time moved from Devon to live in Yeovil, Somerset. By 1912 he had moved to live at Heath Cottage, Alum Chine Road, Bournemouth, Dorset.
He boarded Titanic at Southampton as a third class passenger (ticket number 341826, £8 1s) under the new name of John Adams. The apparent reason for this was that he was escaping a failed relationship. His destination was given as Indiana.
Richard May (aka John Adams) died in the sinking. His body was recovered by the cable ship MacKay Bennett (#103) on 23 April 1912 and buried at sea the following day.
The Mansion House Titanic Relief Fund paid £20 to his mother Mrs Adams, "Heath Cottage", Alum Chine Road, Bournemouth, Hampshire.
Richard has a memorial on his parents gravestone which is located in the churchyard of the Methodist Chapel in the small hamlet of Lana near Pancrasweek, Devon. The inscription reads:
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Titanic Passenger and Crew Summary
Name: Mr John Adams (Richard May)
Age: 26 years (Male)
Last Residence: in Bournemouth Dorset England
3rd Class Passengers
First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 341826 , £8 1s
Destination: La Porte City Iowa United States
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912).
Body recovered by: Mackay-Bennett (No. 103)
Buried: at Sea on Wednesday 24th April 1912.