Mr William Douglas was born at 35 Paxton Street in Belfast, Ireland on 9 December 1879. Hailing from a Church of Ireland family, he was the son of Samuel Douglas, a mariner, and Jane Birkby.
William was married in St Patrick’s Church in east Belfast on 4 October 1899 to Maria McBride. By 1911 the couple had five children and were residents of 10 Skegoniel Street in Duncairn, north Belfast and William was described as a sailor.
Douglas’ ship prior to Titanic had been the Scandinavian. He joined Titanic at Belfast for the delivery trip to Southampton where he then disembarked.
What became of William Douglas remains unclear although there has been the suggestion that he died only a few years later. It is possible he was the William Douglas who died on 17 April 1916 and was buried in public ground in Belfast’s City Cemetery two days later.