Richard Stephen Carr was born in Portsea, Hampshire, England in 1885 and his birth was registered in the first quarter of that year. He was the son of Richard Carr (1842-1915) and Jane Ahern (1852-?). His father, a boatswain in the Royal Navy, hailed from Hastings, Sussex and was married to Queenstown, Co Cork, Ireland-native Jane Ahern in Portsea in 1871
Richard was one of fourteen children born to his parents, with seven living past infancy. His known siblings were: Robert (b. 1876), Annie Teresa(b. 1878), Thomas Patrick (b. 1886), Winifred Margaret (b. 1887) and Cecil John (b. 1889).
Richard and his family appear on the 1891 census when they were living at 65 Gloucester Street, Portsea, Hampshire. The family do not appear on the 1901 census, albeit for his brother Thomas who was listed as a pupil at the Royal Hospital School, Greenwich, London. Richard himself is believed to have seen military service over this period, possibly during the Boer War. On the 1911 census Richard is still unmarried and still living with his parents and several siblings at Malvern Cottage, Winchester Road, Southampton. He was described as a seaman or the U.C.M.S. Company.
When Richard Carr signed on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912 in Southampton, he gave his address as Malvern Cottage, Winchester Road, Southampton. His previous ship had been the Olympic. As a trimmer he could expect monthly wages of £5 10s.
Richard Stephen Carr, who was reportedly engaged to be married, died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.
Gavin Bell, UK