John Hall Hutchinson was born in Woolston, Hampshire, England in 1884 and his birth was registered in the first quarter of that year. He was the son of Edward Hutchinson (1843-1919) and Dorothy Ann Hall (1849-1926). Both his parents hailed from Sunderland, Durham and they married there in 1869 and moved to Hampshire around 1876.
John had eight siblings: Alice (b. 1870), Elizabeth Ann (b. 1873), Emily (b. 1875), Winifred (b. 1877), Dorothy (b. 1879), Edward (b. 1881), Mary (b. 1886) and William Allison (b. 1890).
John first appears on the 1891 census when he and his family are living at New Road, Woolston, Hampshire. His father is described as a brewery cooper. On the 1901 census John's father is now described as a publican and cooper and the family are listed as living at the Lin (?) Inn Public House, Weston, St Mary, Hampshire, England. John, aged 17, is described as a joiner. On the 1911 census John is absent but his family are now residing at 40 Onslow Road, Woolston, Hampshire. He was unmarried.
When John signed on to the Titanic on April 10, 1912, he gave his age as 26, address as 40 Onslow Road, Woolston and his previous ship as the Olympic. As ship's joiner he would receive monthly wages of £6.
During the voyage Hutchinson made the acquaintance of first class passenger Marie Grice Young. Miss Young was returning to America with some expensive poultry and each day Hutchinson took her below to check on the chickens. As a reward for his kindness Miss Young tipped him with some gold coins; Hutchinson was very grateful, and exclaimed, ''It's such good luck to receive gold on a first voyage''.
Hutchinson may have been the 'carpenter' who rushed onto the bridge to inform Captain Smith that the forward compartments were flooding fast.
John Hall Hutchinson was lost in the Titanic disaster. His body, if recovered, was never identified.
John is mentioned on the family headstone in St Mary Extra Cemetery, Sholing, Southampton:
LOVING MEMORY OF
THE BELOVED HUSBAND OF
DOROTHY ANN HUTCHINSON
DIED OCTOBER 15TH 1919 AGED 75 YEARS
JOHN HALL HUTCHINSON
THE DEARLY LOVED SECOND SON
WHO LOST HIS LIFE
IN THE S.S. "TITANIC," DISASTER
APRIL 15TH 1912, AGED 28 YEARS
EDWARD HUTCHINSON, CHIEF E.R.A.
THE DEARLY LOVED ELDEST SON
WHO GAVE HIS LIFE IN THE GREAT WAR,
MAY 31ST 1916, AGED 34 YEARS
"A GLORIOUS END TO A NOBLE LIFE"
"OH THE GLADNESS OF REUNION,
WHEN WE REACH THE OTHER SIDE"
DOROTHY ANN HUTCHINSON
BELOVED WIFE OF THE ABOVE
DIED MARCH 18, 1926
AGED 77 YEARS
Gavin Bell, UK
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