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William Simpson Burns

William Simpson Burns
William Simpson Burns

William Simpson Burns was born at Mission Lane in Larne, Co Antrim, Ireland on 1 May 1874. Coming from a Presbyterian family, he was the son of William Burns, a dock labourer, and Ellen Pogue. 

He appears on the 1901 census living at 4 Garden Place, Belfast with his elderly parents and siblings Robert and Ellen. He, as well as his brother, was described as a dock labourer. 

Burns’ ship prior to Titanic had been the Olympic. He joined Titanic at Belfast for the delivery trip to Southampton where he then disembarked.

William Burns remained working at sea and lived in Belfast for the rest of his life; his last address was 16 Pere Street and he died there on 20 December 1953. He is buried in Belfast’s City Cemetery (plot U1 370). 
 

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Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr William Simpson Burns
Age: 37 years 11 months and 14 days (Male)
Nationality: Irish
Religion: Presbyterian
Occupation: Greaser
Last Ship: Olympic
Embarked: Belfast on Friday 29th March 1912
Disembarked: Southampton
Buried: Belfast City Cemetery, Belfast, Ireland

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