Mr Alfred Pugh

Alfred Pugh

Mr Alfred Pugh was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England on 9 June 1891. 

He was the son of Samuel Pugh (b. 1845 in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire), a dock labourer, and Lydia Mary Winder (b. 1852 in Isfield, Sussex) who had married in Alverstoke, Hampshire on 2 December 1872.

He had eight known siblings: Samuel Henry John (b. 1873), Lydia Alice (b. 1876), Rhoda (b. 1878), Lilian Mary (b. 1880), Arthur Percy (b. 1881), May (b. 1883), Ada (b. 1886) and Daisy (b. 1888).

In the months prior to Alfred's birth his family were recorded on the 1891 census whilst living at 15 Church Street. His father died in 1895 and his mother never remarried, later working as a charwoman to support her family. Alfred first appears on the 1901 census and at the time he and his family were living at 15 Bulls (?) Cottages, St Mary, Southampton. He would be absent from the 1911 census but his mother was listed as living with her married daughter Ada Northover at 72 Orchard Lane, Southampton.

When he signed-on to the Titanic on 6 April 1912, Pugh gave his address as 72 Orchard Lane, Southampton. He had transferred from the Oceanic and as a third class steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s.

Alfred, together with his brother, leading fireman Arthur Percy Pugh, nearly missed the sailing. According to Alfred another brother had to turn back and missed the sailing1.

Alfred Pugh was rescued in lifeboat 14, whilst his brother Percy perished.

Alfred returned to Southampton and continued to work at sea with the White Star Line, later working aboard Adriatic and then Olympic; one voyage on the latter in July 1920 had his home address listed as 3, The Flats on Chantry Road, Southampton. By 1925 he was working aboard Majestic before returning to Olympic the following year. He was still listed on voyages aboard the Olympic as late as February 1931.

Alfred was married in 1927 to Annie Jone May Summers (b. 30 April 1900 in Denmead, Hampshire) and the couple had two children: Kenneth Percy (b. 1939) and Julia (b. 1944, later Mrs Reginald Urquhart). He later left the sea and moved out of Southampton city and to the village of Rownhams, Hampshire in the mid-1930s where he and his wife ran a combined shop and post office; both were listed on the 1939 register as residents of 105 Rownhams Road.

In later years Alfred became a Titanic celebrity, appearing various TV and film interviews. He corresponded with Walter Lord during the writing of A Night to Remember and was a special guest at the book-turned-film's premiere in 1958. He lived for the rest of his life with his wife at their house Ferndown which was located on Rownhams Lane, Rownhams. 

Alfred Pugh died aged 71 in the Royal South Hampshire Hospital on 30 October 1962, leaving an estate worth £4175, 5s to his widow Annie. 

PUGH--Alfred, of "Ferndown", Rownhams, beloved husband of Annie, passed away October 30; a survivor of the Titanic disaster, he served many years at sea with the White Star Line. Service at Freemantle Church, 11 am, Saturday, followed by private cremation. "Goodnight, God bless." - Southern Evening Echo, 31 October 1962

Following cremation at Southampton crematorium his ashes were scattered in the Garden of Rest in South Stoneham Cemetery (section 6), Southampton.

His widow Annie never remarried and spent her final days living in Baddesley, Hampshire where she died on 11 May 1980. 

Notes

1. The other brother is not listed on the crew list. it is possible that he had hoped to join the ship as a substitute.

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Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
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