Laurence Coughlin

RMS Carpathia Scullion

Mr Laurence Coughlin 1 was born in Bootle, Lancashire, England on 12 June 1892. One of three children, he was the son of William John Coughlin, a sawyer, and the former Catherine Ward, both natives of Dublin, Ireland. 

By 1911 Coughlin lived with his family at 48 Brasenose Rose in Bootle and he was described as a butcher. In April 1912 he was serving as a scullion aboard the eastbound voyage of the Carpathia when that ship rescued the survivors of the Titanic disaster. 

It would appear that Coughlin did not remain at sea and later worked in the shipyards as a boilermaker’s labourer; in 1915 he married Helen “Nellie” Burns (b. August 1897) and they raised a family, their firstborn Laurence Jr arriving in October 1916. 

Laurence Coughlin died in Aintree, Liverpool on 17 May 1973 and was buried in the Ford Cemetery on 21 May (grave TW, 253). 


  1. Surname also spelled across records as Coghlan and Coughlan.

Documents and Certificates

1911 Census (England)


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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