Mr Morris Sirota 1, 20, was born in Russia 2 in 1892.
He was the son of Jewish parents Solomon Sirota (b. 1870), a tailor, and his wife Eva (b. 1870 ) who had been married for 20 years in 1912. Morris was their eldest child and he had three siblings, one of whom was lost in infancy. His surviving siblings were: Rachel (b. 1896) and Newman (b. 1900), both born in England.
Morris appears with his family living at 13 Philip Street, St George in the East, London where there was a large Russian community. His father was a tailor and ran his own business with several people in his employ. Morris followed in his father's footsteps to become a tailor and was listed on the 1911 census as assistant in his father's business, then living at 25 Hackney Grove, Hackney, London. It was stated on this census record that the family spoke Hebrew but it is likely that they spoke both English and Yiddish.
Morris boarded the Titanic in Southampton on 10 April 1912 as a third class passenger (ticket number 392092, which cost £8, 1s) and he was bound for Manhattan.
Morris died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.
His mother Eva passed away on 8 July 1914 and his father Solomon was remarried in 1919 to a woman named Annie Graboff. Solomon Sirota passed away in London in 1949.
- His sister's birth and marriage record spell the surname as Serrotta. Rachel was married in 1925 to Lewis Rosen and had at least one child before she died in London in 1991.
- Whilst Morris was listed as Russian it is likely that this was a generic term referring to the fact he was born within the then Russian Empire and not Russia itself. There is some suggestion that he was Ukrainian.
Gavin Bell, UK