Mr John Stewart

John Stewart, 27, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland around 1884, but his exact familial background is uncertain.

He appears on the 1911 census of England and that time he was living as a lodger at 77 Earls Road, Portswood, Southampton and was described as unmarried and working as a ship's steward for the White Star Line. Living at this address also was Mabel Annie Blyth (b. 22 December 1889 in Southampton), a tobacconist's assistant, and their daughter Gwendoline Ethel Rosaline (b. 1909).

John and Mabel were married towards the end of 1911 in Southampton and would have another daughter, Florence Mary "Mollie", towards the end of 1912.

He was on board the Titanic for her delivery trip from Belfast to Southampton. When he signed-on again, in Southampton, on 4 April 1912, John gave his address as 7 Earls Road, (Southampton). His last ship had been the Olympic. As a first class steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s.

Stewart was rescued, probably in lifeboat 15, inadvertently carrying the veranda café keys with him in his pocket.

John most likely returned to working for the White Star Line following the Titanic disaster but would later leave the sea and ran a public house, the Richmond Inn on Portswood Road, Southampton, which is still in operation today.

John died aged 62 on 16 April 1946 after a protracted illness and was later cremated at Southampton Crematorium. His widow Mabel died in 1978. Both his daughters, Gwen (later Mrs John Balmforth) and Mollie (later Mrs William Adams) died in Hampshire in 1983 and 1998, respectively.

Gavin Bell, UK

References and Sources
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Particulars of Engagement (Belfast), Ulster Folk and Transport Museum (TRANS 2A/45 381)
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