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Henry Noss

Harry Noss

Mr Henry "Harry" Noss was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England on 29 December 1881.

He was the youngest son of Henry Noss (1825-1898) and Ellen Cork (1839-1906). His father--who had various jobs down the years, including trunk maker, printer and general dealer--hailed from Islington, London and his mother from Southampton and they were married in 1870. They had started their family a decade beforehand and besides Henry had a further seven children: William (b. 1860), Ellen (b. 1862), Jane (b. 1866), Charlotte (b. 1870), Annie (b. 1874), John (b. 1876) and Emma (b. 1879).

In the months prior to Henry's birth, his family were recorded on the 1881 census living at 11 Stoneham Place in South Stoneham. When Henry appeared on the 1891 census the family were resident at 66 Valley Road, South Stoneham. Henry was absent from the family home, 1 Henry Street, by the time of the 1901 census, indicating that he was likely already serving at sea by this point.

He was married in 1908 to Annie Elizabeth Collings (b. 1888), also a native of Southampton. By 1911 they were living at 12 Back Lane, Itchen, Southampton; Henry was described as a ship's fireman and he and his wife had two children: Henry Louis (1908-1991) and William Edward (1909-2002). Another child, a daughter named Winifred Anne (1911-2006), was born later that year.

When Harry Noss signed-on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as 12 Back Lane, Southampton. His last ship had been the Thames and as a fireman he received monthly wages of £6. His nephew Bertram Arthur Noss, the son of his eldest brother William, was also a fireman on the Titanic.

Noss was rescued on Lifeboat 15. Frank Dymond recalled how he and Noss took turns at the tiller. Henry returned to Southampton to his family. His wife had been pregnant at the time of the disaster and gave birth to a son on 29 September 1912, whom they named Herbert James (1912-1982). It did not end there and they went on to have several more children, bringing their brood close to a dozen. Henry returned to life at sea following the disaster. In December 1919 he was working aboard the Caronia, and later served on the OrbitaVestris and Berengaria.

Harry Noss died at South Hants General Hospital on 15 June 1961 aged 79. He was buried at St. Marys Extra Cemetery, Southampton (section L87, plot 128). His widow Annie died two years later on 12 May 1963.

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Newspaper Articles

Daily Mirror (17 May 1912)

Documents and Certificates

Agreement and Account of Crew, National Archives, London; BT100/259
Central Register of Merchant Seamen (including CR10 Identity Cards), Southampton City Archives / National Archives, (BT348, BT349, BT350)


Craig Stringer (2003) Titanic People (CDROM)
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  1. Rachael Buckman

    He also had many other children with Annie, one including Joan buckman who speaks very highly of her father and is still here today at the age of 90.

  2. PC Stridey

    Hi there, Henry Noss was my great grandfather and he and his wife had 11 children in total including my grandfather William Edward

  3. Nick Gill

    Henry Noss was also my great grandgather. Henry louis was my Grandfather, my mother June used to recall to us that Harry never felt warm afterwards

  4. Chris noss

    I’m chris Noss jr would like to catch up with you all really would like to know a lot more about the family history

  5. Todd Noss

    i know that my family came from across the pond , but it only goes so far back and stops on the Noss Side of the family....According to our last name , we are of Norweigan Hertiage, but that is all that i know.........

  6. Cheryl J

    Henry Noss was my grandfather. Henry and Annie had 13 children. Two girls died leaving 11 surviving children in the family. Henry, William, Winnie, Herbert, Phyllis, Dorit, James, Robert, Peter, Joan, Peggy ( not sure of chronological order) Janie and Betty died either from diphtheria or pneumonia. Cheryl Jensen. ( Bob Noss daughter)

  7. Ryan Taylor

    Hi my name is Ryan Taylor and Henry noss was my great great grandfather. His son Henry noss was still alive when I was about 9 years old and lived around corner from my family home in blunsdon Swindon. My great grandparents Henry and Kate noss always fascinated me with stories etc! But Henry noss on the titanic was a brave wonderful person and it’s amazing to hear about all the distance relatives!

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Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr Henry Noss (Harry)
Age: 30 years 3 months and 17 days (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Married to Annie Elizabeth Collings
Last Residence: at 12 Back LaneSouthampton, Hampshire, England
Occupation: Fireman
Last Ship: Thames
Embarked: Southampton on Saturday 6th April 1912
Rescued (boat 15)  
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
Buried: St Mary Extra Cemetery, Southampton, Hampshire, England

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