Robert Arthur Wareham was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England on 13 September 1874. He was the son of Robert Wareham (1838-1902) and Hannah Turner (1836-1915). His father was originally from Cheshire and his mother from Ashton Under Lyme, Lancashire and they were married on 15 August 1866 in Liverpool.
Robert had four known siblings: Stephen Gaskell (b. 1867), Francis Herbert (b. 1869), Augustus Frederick (b. 1872) and Hannah Turner (b. 1877).
Robert first appears on the 1881 census when he and his family were living at 34 Longville Street, Toxteth Park; his father was described as a railway porter. None of the family seem to appear on the 1891 census.
Robert was married in early 1899 to Margaret Emma Florence Jones (b. 1877 in Birkenhead, Cheshire) and together they would have five children: Robert Arthur (b. 24 July 1900), Ethel Gladys (b. 1902), Margaret Doris (b. 2 February 1904), Cyril Augustus (b. 3 April 1906) and Norman Reginald (b. 1907).
On the 1901 census Robert is absent, perhaps at sea, and his wife and first child are living at 23 Ballington (?) Street, Toxteth Park. The family left Liverpool sometime after 1907 and settled in Southampton. On the 1911 census they are living at 4 Richmond Road in that city, but Robert is again absent.
When he signed on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as 46 Park Road, Southampton. His previous ship had been the Olympic and as a first class bedroom steward he could expect monthly waged of £3 15s.
Robert Wareham died in the sinking. His body (#246) was later recovered by the Mackay-Bennett:
© Bob Knuckle, Canada
NO. 246. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 40. - HAIR MEDIUM; MOUSTACHE.
CLOTHING - Steward's uniform; blue coat; "R. A. Wareham" on shirt.
EFFECTS - Purse; corkscrew; $1.00, and 24s. 5d.
NAME - R. A. WAREHAM.
He was buried at Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia on 6 May 1912.
His mother Hannah died in 1915, having outlived all but one of her children, her daughter Hannah, who remained a spinster and died in Liverpool in 1952.
Robert's widow Margaret never remarried and moved back to Liverpool with her family. She died on 21 June 1968 aged 91.
His namesake son Robert Arthur was married in Liverpool in 1931 to May Frances Sealey and they had two sons, Robert Arthur and Cyril. He joined the Merchant Navy and was the Second Engineer Officer on board the S.S. Aguila when that ship, en route from Liverpool to Gibraltar was attacked by German U-Boats off the coast of Ireland and sank with a death toll of 145, Robert being among the casualties. His widow died in 1970.
His daughter Ethel May later married and had at least one child. She died on February 15, 1979. His daughter Margaret Doris never married and died in Liverpool in 1972.
His son Cyril Augustus later resettled in Hampshire and married relatively late in life, in 1953, to Hilda May Gage, and they had one daughter the following year. Cyril died in Southampton on 13 June 1985. His widow passed away in 2003.
Robert's youngest son Norman Reginald was married in Liverpool in 1937 to Doris Robinson but he is not believed to have had any children. He died in Newton Abbot, Devon in 1960.
References and Sources
White Star Line (1912) Record of Bodies and Effects (Passengers and Crew S.S. "Titanic") Recovered by Cable Steamer "MacKay Bennett"
Gavin Bell, UK