Hugh McAllister

Mr Hugh McAllister was born in Carrickfergus, Co Antrim, Ireland on 13 June 1872.1 He was the son of Alexander McAllister, a flax hackler, and Ellen Patterson and came from a Church of Ireland family.

McAllister is on record of having joined the Royal Marine Artillery in June 1894. He later enlisted with the Royal Irish Rifles but he deserted in October 1899. After that, he joined the Royal Naval Reserve. 

Described as a fireman, McAllister was married in Belfast’s Trinity Church on 19 October 1904 to Annie Scanlan (b. circa 1881); both were residents of Craigavad Street at the time. The couple’s daughter Ellen was born at 14 Hanover Street, Belfast on 9 May 1913.

McAllister’s ship prior to Titanic had been the Devonshire ( or Lackawanna?). He joined Titanic at Belfast for the delivery trip to Southampton where he then disembarked.

Widowed in April 1916, Hugh was remarried in October that same year to Mary Ann Murdock (b. circa 1895). The couple welcomed a daughter named Selma in 1919. 

Hugh McAllister died in Belfast on 31 July 1939 and is buried in Belfast’s City Cemetery (plot R1 153). 


  1. He would later give the date as 3 June 1872/1875 in later records.

References and Sources

Crew Signing-On Particulars of Engagement, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (2A/45/381, A-H)
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