Mr Thomas Frederick Cohen Pennal
Thomas Frederick Cohen Pennal 1 was born in Sennen, Cornwall, England in the first quarter of 1878 and he was baptised on 19 February 1878. He was the son of Thomas Augustus Pennal (1850-1921), a coastguard, and Mary Jane Cohen (1859-1932). His father was originally from Gosport, Hampshire and his mother from Chatham, Kent and they had married in Portsmouth in 1877.
Thomas was one of ten children born to his parents, two of whom died in infancy. His known siblings were: Ernest Augustus (b. 1879), Beatrice Mary (b. 1880), Violet Lavinia (b. 1882), Albert Sidney (b. 1884) , Augusta Lilian (b. 1886), Herbert Douglas (b. 1887) and Arthur Claud (b. 1896).
He first appears on the 1881 census living at Bosorne Terrace, St Just, Penwith, Cornwall where his father was the local coastguard. The family are at 3 Roundham Terrace, Paignton, Devon by the time of the 1891 census and Frederick is still described as a schoolboy. He would be absent from the 1901 census and perhaps already at sea when his family were living at 1 Cramner Road, Winton, Hampshire.
Thomas was married in Southampton in late-1908 to Maude Rose Coe (b. 1884 in Southampton, daughter of Alfred Thomas and Annie Coe) and together they would have three sons: Archibald Frederick (1910-1995) , Ronald Alfred (1911-1935) and Albert William (1912-1985).
The 1911 census records that Thomas is absent and perhaps at sea, with his wife and first two sons living at 62 Charlton Road, Shirley, Southampton.
When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4th April, 1912, Thomas gave his address as 77 Imperial Street, (Southampton). His previous ship had been the Philadelphia. As a first class bathroom steward he received monthly wages of £3 15s.
Thomas Pennal was lost in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified. He is remembered on the Millbrook Church memorial, Southampton, and the following death notice appeared in the Hampshire Independent (unknown date):
PINNAL--On the 15th of April, on s.s. Titanic, the dearly beloved husband of Maud Pinnal, of 77 Imperial avenue, Southampton. Deeply mourned by his sorrowing wife and children. Rest in Peace.
His widow Maude was remarried in 1914 to Charlie Houghton and they had a daughter named Edna the following year. Maude died in Middlesex in 1945.
Articles and Stories
On some lists his name appears as Pennol or Pennal. His obituary gives his name as "Tomas Francis Pumal".
References and Sources
United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List
CreditsGavin Bell, UK
Steve Coombes, UK
Chris Dohany, USA
Brian Ticehurst, UK
Bill Wormstedt, USA
Link and cite this page
(2013) Thomas Frederick Cohen Pennal Encyclopedia Titanica (ref: #2038, accessed 10th December 2013 03:09:54 AM) URL : http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/titanic-victim/thomas-pennal.html
Titanic Passenger and Crew Summary
Name: Mr Thomas Frederick Cohen Pennal
Age: 33 years (Male)
Marital Status: Married.
Last Residence: at 77 Imperial Street Southampton Hampshire England
Occupation: Bathroom Steward (1st Class)
Last Ship: Philadelphia
First Embarked: Southampton on Thursday 4th April 1912
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912).
Body Not Recovered