Mr Matthew Patton was born in Salford, Lancashire, England in the second quarter of 1886. He was the son of Irish Presbyterian parents William Patton, a Belfast-born coppersmith and spinning master (in a mill) and Sarah Howard. One of eight children, it appears that he was the only child born in England with the rest being born in Ireland in either Co Tyrone or in Belfast.
Matthew appears on the 1901 census with his family living at 41 Browness Street off of Belfast’s Shankill Road and he was then described as a telegraph messenger. The 1911 census shows the family living at 15 Beech Park in Clifton in north Belfast and Matthew was then described as a shipyard labourer.
Patton’s ship prior to Titanic had been the Olympic. He joined Titanic at Belfast for the delivery trip to Southampton where he then disembarked.
With the outbreak of WWI Matthew was quick to enlist. During his service, he was married back in Belfast on 23 April 1915 to Annie Fulton. They had three children, two of whom died in early infancy.
Matthew Patton died in Belfast on 19 December 1948, his resting place unknown.