Mr Percival Thorneycroft

Mr Percival Thorneycroft, 36, was born in Leeds, Kent in 1875, the son of Agricultural Labourer Thomas Thorneycroft (1831-188) and his wife Drucilla (née Page, 1848-1928). He had a sister May (born 1879) and brothers Harry and Albert. His fsther died in 1889 and his mother remarried to a John Burgess the same year.

Percival married Florence Kate Stears on 26th December 1899.

In 1911 Percy and Florence were living in Bearsted, Maidstone, Kent. Percival was working as a farm labourer.  The census shows that they had had one child but that it had died.

He boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a third class passenger (ticket number 376564, £16, 2s). He was travelling with his wife Florence from Maidstone to Clinton, New York. Their last address was given as 14 Walter St., Penge, London. Travelling with them was Robert Guest.

Mr Thorneycroft lost his life in the disaster. His body, if recovered, was never identified. 

Florence survived, she went on to marry Percival's brother and eventually returned to live in England.

Phillip Gowan, USA
Hermann Söldner, Germany
Geoff Whitfield, UK

References and Sources
British Census 1881, 1901, 1911
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
Names and Descriptions of British Passengers Embarked at the Port of Southampton, 10 April 1912 (PRO London, BT 27/780B)
Marriages, births, deaths and injuries that have occurred on board during the voyage (PRO London, BT 100/259-260)
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