Mr Aragõa Drummond Harrison

Mr Aragõa Drummond Harrison 1 (Saloon Steward, 1st Class) was born in Surbiton, Surrey, England on 28 September 1871 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 Harrison and he had three known siblings: Hugh Drummond (1870-1940), Mildred Ciceley Drummond (1873-1876) and Winifred Dorothea Amelia Drummond (1875-1951, later Mrs William Thomas Digby Scammell).

Little is known about the family and, seemingly, they do not appear on any UK census records. Aragõa's father William Thomas Hugh Harrison was born in London to an organ builder father from Winchester, Thomas William Harrison (b. 1808) 2 and he seemingly grew up in St Pancras. He was first married at in mid-1860 to Carolina Antonia Meneges d'Freitas Drummond Aragõa Dunn, who passed away in St Martin, Jersey on 12 March 1861. The circumstances of his second marriage are unclear. He later worked as a licensed victualler and the family seemingly lived in Brentford 3. He died on 19 January 1889 and it is possible that the remaining family moved to Southampton shortly after; Winifred Harrison was shown on the 1891 census as a private pupil at Laura Place in that city.

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.

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. He was not called to give evidence at either the US or British inquiries into the sinking.

How long Aragõa remained at sea is uncertain but he is known to have continued serving throughout the duration of WWI. He remained living in Hampshire and died in Winchester on 3 August 1947 aged 75. His widow Annie also spent her final days in Winchester and she died in 1972 aged 99.

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Gavin Bell
Michael Poirier

Notes
  1. Invariably listed as 'Aragon'
  2. The organ building firm Harrison & Harrison continues to operate to this day (http://www.harrisonorgans.com/
  3. His probate states that he was late of the "Bay Melton," 158 Great Portland Street, Middlesex
References and Sources
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
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