Thomas "Tommy" Russell Kerr was born in Glasgow, Scotland 1 around 1886. He was the son of Thomas Russell Kerr (1845-1909), a boilermaker, and Sydney Bruce (1857-1893), both Glaswegians by birth. He had two-known siblings: brother James (b. 1884) and sister Sydney (b. 1889).
Thomas and his family relocated to Liverpool, Lancashire, England around 1890 and appear on the 1891 census living at 44 Eldon Road in that city. His mother died in 1893 and his father was remarried to an Irish woman named Mary (b. 1855) sometime thereafter. They appear on the 1901 census living at 39 Ascot Street, Liverpool and Thomas is described as a labourer.
Thomas was married in Southampton in late-1909 to Johanna Crimmins (b. 1893, daughter of Daniel and Johanna Crimmins). By the time of the 1911 census Thomas was absent but his wife was listed as living with her uncle and aunt John and Alice Leahy at 7 Hartley Street, Lower Canal Walk, Southampton. The couple would later have a daughter named Sydney in early 1912.
When he signed on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, Thomas gave his address as 7 Hartley, (Southampton). His previous ship had been the Oceanic. As a fireman he could expect to earn monthly wages of £6. Also serving aboard was his brother-in-law James Crimmins, brother of his wife Johanna.
Tommy Kerr died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.
His widow Johanna was remarried in 1914 to Michael Murphy but what became of she and her daughter thereafter is uncertain.
- He gave his birthplace as Liverpool in the ship's crew agreements
References and Sources
United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List
Donald Hyslop, Alastair Forsyth and Sheila Jemima (1997) Titanic Voices: Memories from the Fateful Voyage, Sutton Publishing, Southampton City Council. ISBN 0 7509 1436 X
Gavin Bell, UK
Bill Wormstedt, USA