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Joseph Woosnam

RMS Carpathia Waiter

Joseph Woosnam
Joseph Woosnam

Joseph Woosnam was born in Bootle, Lancashire, England on 17 August 1889. He was the son of Welsh parents, William Woosnam, a mariner, and the former Elizabeth Price. He had three elder brothers.

The 1901 census shows the Woosnam family living at 28 Holly Street in Bootle. 

Woosnam went to sea as a young man and between 1906 and 1907 he worked as a waiter aboard both Saxonia and Carmania. In April 1912 he was serving as a waiter aboard the eastward-bound voyage of the Carpathia when that ship rescued the survivors of the Titanic. 

Woosnam continued working at sea for both White Star and Cunard as a bedroom steward, later as chief steward; in 1915 he married Ada Rose Owen (b. 1890) and with her raised a family, having three sons, Sidney, William and Frank. 

Carpathia Medal
The medal awarded to Joseph Woosnam as one of the rescuers of the Titanic survivors.

Joseph Woosnam died in Prescot, Lancashire in 1969.


Brian J. Ticehurst (1996) The Titanic's rescuers : Captain Arthur Rostron and the crew of the Carpathia, (Occasional papers No.7), B & J Printers, ISBN 1871733073
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Carpathia Crew Summary

Name: Mr Joseph Woosnam
Age: 22 years 7 months and 29 days (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: Waiter
Ship: Carpathia

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