Mr Aragõa Drummond Harrison

Mr Aragõa Drummond Harrison 1 was born in Surbiton, Surrey, England on 28 September 1871 2 and he was later baptised on 9 January 1876 in Twickenham.

He was the son of William Thomas Hugh Harrison (1838-1889), a military officer, and Elizabeth Aberdeen, née Perryman (1837-1913), both natives of London.

He had four known siblings: Hugh Drummond (1870-1940), Mildred Ciceley Drummond (1873-1876), Winifred Dorothea Amelia Drummond (1875-1951, later Mrs William Thomas Digby Scammell) and Marmaduke De Freytas Drummond (1877-1906).

Little is known about the family but Aragõa's father William Thomas Hugh Harrison was born in London (he would state his birthplace as Rome, Italy on the 1871 census) to an organ builder father from Winchester, Thomas William Harrison (b. 1808)2 and he seemingly grew up in St Pancras. As a member of the British Military stationed in Jersey he was first married in mid-1860 to Carolina Antonia Meneges d'Freitas Drummond Aragõa Dunn, who passed away in St Martin, Jersey on 12 March 1861. 

His mother Elizabeth was born in London to Charles and Martha Perryman; her father was a tailor. She was first married in the early 1860s to Henry William Aberdeen of whom little is known but together they had a daughter, Alice Martha (later Mrs Samuel Mathiesen, d. 1918) who was born in St Leonard's-on-Sea, Sussex in 1863. Aberdeen died sometime prior to 1870.

Month's prior to his birth Aragõa's family appear on the 1871 census as residents of Victoria Road, Kingston-on-Thames, Surrey; his parents were unmarried, despite having their child Hugh, and his mother's profession was stated as "Berlin Wool Repository" and his father's as a landowner.

There are no identifiable records that Aragõa's parents were ever married, at least not in the UK; his father later served as a publican in Brentford, Middlesex and died on 19 January 1889. The remaining family moved to Hampshire shortly after and by the 1891 census were residents of 28 Queen's Terrace, St Mary, Southampton where his mother ran a boarding house; his sister Winifred was shown on the same census as a private pupil at Laura Place in that city. Aragõa was not listed at either address and his whereabouts at the time are uncertain.

Aragõa was married in Southampton in the summer of 1896 to Annie Irving Ross (b. 21 March 1873 in Troqueer, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland) but they would have no children. He would later serve as a Lieutenant during the Boer War in the Royal Field Artillery.

On the 1901 census Aragõa is absent and on duty in South Africa but his wife is listed as living at 67 Ludlow Road, Sholing, Southampton. On the 1911 census Aragõa and his wife are listed as living at 131 Oakley Road, Shirley, Southampton and he is described as a sea steward. A freemason, he was inducted into Hampshire Lodge of Emulation on 25 June 1907 and was described as a ship's steward at the time.

When Aragõa signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as 131 Oakley Road, Southampton. As a first class steward he received monthly wages of £3 15s and he had stated that his previous ship had been the Olympic.

Harrison was rescued in lifeboat 9 but was not called to give evidence at either the US or British inquiries into the sinking.

Aragõa remained at sea for the rest of his life and served in the Merchant Marine during WWI; by 1939 he and his wife were residing at 2, The Borough, Southampton and he was still described as a ship's steward by that point. 

Aragõa remained living in Hampshire and died in Winchester on 3 August 1947 aged 75. He was buried in an unmarked grave at St. Marys Extra Cemetery, Southampton (section A2, plot 187).

His widow Annie also spent her final days in Winchester and she died in 1972 aged 99.


  1. Invariably listed as 'Aragon'
  2. Another date cited is 27 September 1871
  3. The organ building firm Harrison & Harrison continues to operate to this day (
  4. His probate states that he was late of the "Bay Melton," 158 Great Portland Street, Middlesex

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References and Sources

Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
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Encyclopedia Titanica (2018) Aragõa Drummond Harrison (ref: #1899, last updated: 5th July 2018, accessed 17th January 2021 13:24:07 PM)