Mr Tom Warwick

Mr Tom Warwick was born over the closing months of 1886 in Totton, Hampshire, England.

He was the son of Henry James Warwick (b. 1856), a shoemaker, and Mary Emma Young (b. 1857), natives of Hampshire and Dorset respectively who were married in Southampton on Christmas Day 1878. Tom was one of six suriving children from a total of seven and his known siblings were: Annie Mary (b. 1879), William Henry (b. 1880), Emma Thurza (b. 1881), Edith Emily (b. 1884) and Fred (b. 1890).

Tom first appears on the 1891 census living at an unspecified address in Ringwood, Totton. His father died in 1893 aged just 36 and by the time of the 1901 census the family were still living in Ringwood, Tom's mother now a seamstress and he himself working for a timber merchant. When he went to sea is not clear.

He was married in 1910 to Hampshire-native Ruth Eliza Parrott (b. 1886). When the couple appeared on the 1911 census they were living with Tom's mother at Ringwood Road, Totton and he was described as a ship's steward.

When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, Tom gave his address as Totton, (Hampshire). His last ship had been the Oceanic and as a saloon steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s.

Tom Warwick died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified. He is named on a memorial at St Mary's Church, Eling.

''To The Memory of''
Frederick Walter Godwin, 34 years old.
William Thomas Fox aged 27 years.
Tom Warwick, aged 25 years.
All of this Parish.
Boysie Richard Russell of Redbridge aged 17½ years.
William Edward Hine of Lyndhurst aged 36 years.
Who were lost on the SS Titanic after collision with an Ice Berg in the North Atlantic at midnight April 14th, 1912.
When more than 1500 passengers and crew were drowned.
''When Thou Passest Through The Waters, I will Be With Thee''.

His mother later died in 1916. His widow Ruth had been pregnant at the time of the disaster and gave birth to a son before the close of the year whom she named Tom Alfred Claude and whom she was fated to outlive. Tom was married in 1939 to Gladys Betty Humby (1919-2003) and had two sons, the family living in Totton. He died in Surrey on 28 May 1960.

Ruth Warwick had never remarried and in her later years lived in Southampton. She died in 1964 aged 78.

References and Sources

Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)

Gavin Bell, UK

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