Mr William Mintram

William Mintram

Mr William Mintram was born in Southampton in 1866.

He was the son of William Mintram (b. 1841), a labourer, and Adelaide Elizabeth Light (b. 1844), both natives of Hampshire. His siblings were Ann (b. 1869), George (b. 1870), Rosina (1873-1876), Emma (b. 1874), Alice Rosetta (1881-1882),

The 1871 census shows William and his family living at 15 Three Field Lane, St Mary, Southampton.

Mintram's mother lived in the poor King's Street area of St Mary's Southampton, and it was with her that William grew up.

He was married on 16th August 1886 to Eliza Mary Rose Veal. Together they had five children (Rosina, William, Eliza May, Charles and George). His eldest daughter Rosina's husband was Walter Hurst (also a fireman on board).

Mintram and his wife lived in a small house at 63 Winton Street, Southampton.  William was often away at sea and when home their relationship was tempestuous. 

In 1912 Mintram had just been released from prison, he had been found guilty of killing his wife while drunk - relatives say he was drunk and actually trying to stab someone else but his wife tried to intervene and ended up taking the blade); according to newpaper reports of the trial he only narrowly avoided being convicted of murder.1

When he signed onto the Titanic he gave his address as 15 Chapel Road, Southampton (also the home of his daughter, Rosina, and her husband, Walter Hurst).  His previous ship was the Oceanic. As a fireman he received wages of £6. 

William Mintram and Walter Hurst met each other shortly before the Titanic went down. William had found a lifejacket, but Hurst had not, so William gave his lifejacket to his son-in-law. This may have contributed to the fact that Walter was able to stay on collapsible B, and to survive, while William did not.

Credits
Peter Andrews, UK (great grandson of Walter Hurst)
Chris Dohany, USA
Phillip Gowan, USA

Notes
  1. It may be that William Mintram had 'form'.  In 1882 a William Mintram, 17, was convicted of unlawful wounding.  He stabbed a man after an argument in a pub.  He was sentenced to 1 month in gaol.  It is not yet known if this William Mintram was the same as that on the Titanic.  The 1902 criminal register indicates that he had previous convictions for drunkeness and assaulting police.
References and Sources
British Census 1871-1911
GRO Indexes of Births Marriages and Deaths
Craig Stringer (2003) Titanic People CDROM
 

Articles and Stories

McGough the Killer

Titanica!  (2008) 

MCGOUGH THE KILLER

 
DOMESTIC TRAGEDY AT SOUTHAMPTON

Northampton Mercury  (1902) 

DOMESTIC TRAGEDY AT SOUTHAMPTON

 
William Mintram : Criminal Register 1902

(1902) 

WILLIAM MINTRAM : CRIMINAL REGISTER 1902

 
A Southampton Case

Hampshire Advertiser  (1882) 

A SOUTHAMPTON CASE

 
THE CHARGE OF STABBING

Hampshire Advertiser  (1882) 

THE CHARGE OF STABBING

 
Law and Police

Worcestershire Chronicle  (1902) 

LAW AND POLICE

 
The Southampton wife murder trial

Hampshire Advertiser  (1902) 

THE SOUTHAMPTON WIFE MURDER TRIAL

 
Fireman killed wife

The Times  (1902) 

FIREMAN KILLED WIFE

 
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