Mr John Hale was born at 29 Foundry Street in Belfast, Ireland on 4 June 1887.1 He was the son of Michael Hale, a labourer, and Elizabeth Ferguson and was from a Roman Catholic family.
He enlisted with the Royal Navy in February 1906 and served as a stoker aboard five vessels until his release in July 1907; during this time he spent numerous periods of detention for misdemeanours.
Whilst a resident of 13 Arran Street, Belfast, Hale was married in St Matthew’s Church in that city on 31 March 1907 to Catherine Hanna. Their daughter Mary was born in June the following year whilst they were residents of 54 Clyde Street. Sadly however John Hale was to become a young widower when his wife Catherine passed away aged 21 on 13 January 1909 following a bout of bronchitis. Hard on the heels of this came the death of their baby daughter Mary who died on 25 March 1909 following complications from tuberculosis.
Hale’s ship prior to Titanic had been the Dunard. He joined Titanic at Belfast for the delivery trip to Southampton where he then disembarked.
In the following years, John continued to work at sea.
John Hale died in Belfast on 20 August 1948, his resting place unknown