Mr Joseph Kirkpatrick (delivery crew) was born in Belfast, Ireland on 29 November 1872. Hailing from a Presbyterian family, he was the son of John Kirkpatrick, a porter, and the former Margaret French. He had five known siblings, four sisters and one brother: Ellen, Annie, Margaret, Sarah and Robert. His eldest sibling Sarah died aged 15 in 1891 as a result of spinal paralysis whilst his sister Margaret died in August 1900 as a result of diabetes.
Joseph’s father died in December 1883 after a 30’ fall from a building works; the remainder of the family remained in Belfast and Joseph later began work in the Belfast shipyards as an iron turner. By 1911 Joseph lived with his married sister Ellen Orr and her family at 10 Mountcollyer Street in Belfast. He was unmarried.
Having previously undertaken the delivery trip of the Olympic, in April 1912 Kirkpatrick served as a trimmer aboard her sister Titanic for the delivery trip from Belfast to Southampton where he disembarked.
Joseph’s mother Margaret died in Belfast in March 1914 whilst he was in attendance; he also remained a resident of Belfast and died on 31 January 1942 aged 69.