The name of one Rugby man is among the list of those missing. This is Mr. Francis W. Somerton, who had latterly been employed in the erecting shop at Messrs. Willans and Robinson’s works.
Somerton was a native of Cheltenham, where his aged father is still living. He had been working in New York, but in December last he returned to England, bringing with him his wife, who is an American. He at first obtained employment at the B.T.H. Works, after a short time he went to Messrs. Willans and Robinson’s.
About a fortnight before Easter he met with an accident, and went to the Hospital. He returned to work for two or three days only, leaving finally on the Thursday preceding Good Friday with the intention of returning to the States. He booked passage on the Titanic leaving his wife with his parents at Cheltenham.
Somerton, who was about 31 years of age, was unable to get a house during his stay in Rugby, and lived in Harold-street with his wife.
The flag at Messrs. Willans and Robinson’s was placed at half-mast.