James Lyttle was born at 20 Thomas Street in Belfast, Ireland on 27 June 1881.1 Coming from a Roman Catholic family, he was the son of John Lyttle, a marine fireman, and Margaret Fitzsimmons who were unmarried at the time of his birth, later wedding in May 1882.
James’ mother died in July 1900 whilst the family were residents of 25 Little Henry Street in Belfast. With his mariner father being away frequently James was often the head of the house and the mainstay of his younger siblings.
On the 1901 census James was listed as a quay labourer with four younger siblings at 5 Ellens Court, Belfast.
James was married in St Patrick’s Church, Belfast on 20 October 1906 to Sarah Jane Trainor (b. circa 1889) and the couple went on to have three daughters: Margaret, Sarah and Kathleen.
Lyttle’s ship prior to Titanic had been the White Head. He joined Titanic at Belfast for the delivery trip to Southampton where he then disembarked.
James Lyttle remained in Belfast for the rest of his life and continued to work at sea for many years and served in the merchant fleet during WWI.
Widowed in 1958, James Lyttle remained active until his death on 5 January 1975 at the age of 93. He and his wife are buried together in Roselawn Cemetery (plot D 1365).