Mr Fred Toms, 29, was born in Hampshire1 on 3 October 1882 the son John Toms (1848-c.1908) and Matilda Ann Mullens (1849-1936). He was baptised in Southampton on 3 June 1883. He had 6 siblings: William Charles Toms (1875-1962), John Henry Toms (1878-1948), Fanny Toms (1880-1882), Emily Toms (1884-1980), Kate Toms (1887-1909) and Ernest Toms (born 1890).
Toms signed-on to the Titanic in Belfast as a steward on 1 April 1912. When he signed-on again in Southampton on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as Hillside Rd. B.P. (Bitterne Park, Southampton)2. As a steward he received monthly wages of £3 15s. He had transferred from the Olympic.
Toms continued to work for White Star, he signed-on to the Oceanic on 10 July 1912 but his health was impaired by his Titanic experience and he left the Oceanic, returned to Southampton and married Norah Louisa Phillips (born 1885).
The same year, 1912, they emigrated to Los Angeles3, California where for 20 years he worked as a railway clerk / cashier for the Southern Pacific Railway4,5,6. Nora's family, including her parents, had also emigrated to America but they returned to England on several occasions to visit other relatives. Fred would also write regularly to his Southampton relatives.
He suffered from heart disease for some time prior to his death on 24 July 1937. He was cremated and the remains interred at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Los Angeles on 28 July 1937, but Nora later had them returned to England and interred at Hollybrook Cemetery, Southampton (section A2, plot 41).
Nora remained living in Los Angeles for a time, although in 1940 she was listed as staying at her brother Archie's home in Nevada.