Richard William Hosgood was born in Lambeth, London, England in late 1889 and his birth was registered in the last quarter of that year. He was the son of Richard Hosgood (b. 1861 in Woolwich, Kent) and Ellen Sarah Miller (b. 1863 in Camberwell, London) who were married in 1883. His father was a commission dealer and had previously served as a driver in the Royal Artillery.
Richard had seven known siblings: Olive Victoria Grace (b. 1884), James (b. 1885), Ethel (b. 1887), Kathleen Annie (b. 1892), Winifred (b. 1894), Alfred Henry (b. 1897) and Phyllis Margaret (b. 1898).
For reasons unknown the family don't appear on the 1891 and 1901 census reports, but they appear to have shifted from London to Southampton sometime after 1898.
Richard was married in Southampton in 1909 to Edith May Stockley (b. 1891 in Southampton) and they would have one daughter, Winifred May, on 18 February 1910.
On the 1911 census Richard, his wife and daughter were living at 19 Woodley Road, Woolston, Southampton and he was described as an unemployed ship's stoker.
When Hosgood signed on to the Titanic he gave his address as 19 Woodley Road, (Southampton). His previous ship had been the Saxon. Hosgood and his colleagues Geer, Witt, Kinsella, Black, and Lloyd were taken on at the last minute after six of the "signed-on" crew arrived late for sailing. As a fireman he could expect monthly wages of £6.
Richard Hosgood died in the sinking. His body was later recovered (#242) and he was buried at Fairview cemetery, Halifax, N.S. on 6 May 1912.
NO. 242. ? MALE. ? ESTIMATED AGE, 25. ? HAIR, FAIR.
CLOTHING ? Black coat ; grey singlet and drawers.
EFFECTS ? One knife; N. S. & F. Union Book, No. 36363.
TATTOO ? On right arm, full rigged ship; roses and "mother."
FIREMAN. ? NAME ? R. HOSGOOD, 19 Woodley Rd., Southampton.
He is commemorated at the St Augustine's Church Memorial in Southampton.
Richard's widow Edith May had been pregnant at the time of the sinking. She gave birth on 18 April 1912 to a son who was named after his father, Richard William.
Edith was remarried in 1914 to Frank Hobbs and they had a son the following year. She died in 1930.
His daughter Winifred May was married in Southampton in 1934 to Frank Hayward and they had two children. She died in Southampton in 1993.
His son Richard was married in Southampton in 1936 to Dorothy Alice Hatch (1915-1985) and they had three (?) children. Richard died in Southampton in 1978.
References and Sources
White Star Line (1912.) Record of Bodies and Effects (Passengers and Crew S.S. "Titanic") Recovered by Cable Steamer "MacKay Bennett" Including Bodies Buried at Sea and Bodies Delivered at Morgue in Halifax, N.S. Public Archives of Nova Scotia, Halifax, N.S., Manuscript Group 100, Vol. 229, No. 3d, Accession 1976-191, 76 pp., unpaged. (#242)
Gavin Bell, UK