Encyclopedia Titanica

James Lyttle

James Lyttle
James Lyttle

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). 


  1. Birthdate given as 20 June 1881 in his circa 1919 crew card.

References and Sources

Crew Signing-On Particulars of Engagement, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (2A/45/381, A-H)
1911 Census
Merchant Seamen's ID Cards (CR10), Southampton City Archives
Search archive online

Comment and discuss

Reply Watch Thread

Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr James Lyttle
Age: 30 years 9 months and 18 days*  (Male)
Nationality: Irish
Religion: Roman Catholic
Marital Status: Married to Sarah Jane Trainor
Last Residence: in
Occupation: Fireman
Last Ship: White Head
Embarked: Belfast on Friday 29th March 1912
Disembarked: Southampton
Died: Sunday 5th January 1975 aged 93 years
Buried: Roselawn Cemetery, Belfast, Ireland

Page Options

Watch this page

Improve this Biography

If you have any corrections or something to add please  get in touch