Mr John Coffey

Mr John Coffey, 23, was born in Queestown, Ireland.

When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as 12 Sherbourne Terrace, (Southampton). His last ship had been the Olympic. As a fireman he received monthly wages of £6.

Coffey deserted the Titanic at Queenstown and joined the Mauretania shortly afterward.  Reports stated that he had had a foreboding of disaster, possibly a fire, but it may simply have been that he wanted a passage to his home in Queenstown and always intended to leave the ship.

He evidently remained a fireman at sea. A 1941 article describes how he was rescued having fallen into the river in Hull in 1940.

He died in Hull 12 June 1957 and is buried in Eastern Cemetery, Hull (section 373, plot 36) in an unmarked grave.


Articles and Stories

Voyage (2008) 
Daily Mail (1941) 
The Courier (1912) 

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References and Sources

Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Daily Mail (1941) Hull Dock Rescue
Search archive Irish newspapers online

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