John Reginald Rice was born in Hull, Yorkshire, England on 16 June 1886. He was the son of John Rice (b. 1855) and Annie Jacques Hardy 1 (b. 1855). His father was originally from Plymouth, Devon and his mother from Hull and they had married in 1884. One of only two children born to his parents, his brother Leonard Mounteagle (b. 1892) died after only a few months of life.
On the 1901 census John and his family are residing at 3 Knight Hill Road, Lambeth, London and his father is described as working in the Marine Department of the Board of Trade. The family had moved north to Liverpool by the time of the 1911 census and were listed as living at 37 Kimberley Drive, Great Crosby. His father was still working for the board of trade. John himself was listed as a clerk for the Cunard Shipping offices. When John defected to White Star is not certain.
When he signed on to the Titanic, on 9 April 1912, John gave his address as 37 Kimberley Drive, Crosby. His previous ship had been the Celtic. As a clerk in first class, John would earn monthly wages of £5.
John Reginald Rice died in the sinking.
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His body recovered by the Mackay-Bennett (#64) and he was buried at Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia on 8 May 1912.
N0. 64. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 34. - HAIR, DARK.
CLOTHING ? Officers' uniform; double breasted uniform.
EFFECTS ? Pocket book; purse with £1 0s. 2d.; cigarette case; scissors; silver watch with photo; silver match case and chain; pencil; keys; knife; stud; gold ring engraved "Elsie."
NAME - J. R. RICE "Leafield," 311 Kimberly Drive. Great Crosby, Liverpool.
His father John died on 27 January 1913, still a resident of 27 Kimberley Drive at that time. His mother Annie returned to her birthplace of Hull where she died on 24 July 1919.
- Family sources give her maiden name as Richardson.
References and Sources
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
White Star Line (1912.) Record of Bodies and Effects (Passengers and Crew S.S. "Titanic") Recovered by Cable Steamer "MacKay Bennett"
Gavin Bell, UK
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