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Reginald Hardwick

Reginald Hardwick was born in the Welbeck, Worksop, Nottinghamshire 1, England over the summer months of 1891. He was the son of Walter Hardwick (1857-), a shoeing smith, and Alice Gabitas (1856-). His father hailed from Derbyshire and his mother from Nottinghamshire and they had married in the latter in 1876.

Reginald was one of nine children born to his parents, two of whom died in infancy. His known siblings were: Sarah Ann (b. 1876), Annie (b. 1878), Mary Ellen (b. 1881), Walter Louis (b. 1886), Frank (b. 1889) and Leonard (b. 1896).

In the months prior to Reginald's birth his family appear on the 1891 census living at Welbeck Works, Nottinghamshire and would have moved to Woodyard Lodge, Woodhouse Hall, Nottinghamshire by the time of the 1901 census when Reginald first appears. The 1911 census would show Reginald described as a poultry farm labourer and he and his family were still living in Woodhouse Hall.

When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as 4 Heysham Road, (Southampton), a boarding address. The Titanic was his first ship. As a kitchen porter he received monthly wages of £3, 10s.

Hardwick was rescued (in which lifeboat is uncertain).

It is uncertain if Reginald returned to his career at sea at all, he would later become a worker at a colliery in Creswell, Derbyshire. He was married in mid-1914 to Elsie Sarah Tyson (b. 21 October 1891 in Gringley, Nottinghamshire, daughter of Henry and Sarah Ann Tyson), later living at 70 Duke Street in Creswell. The couple would have two children, Edna (b. 1914) and Leonard Henry (b. 1916), but his daughter lived only a short while and died before her first birthday.

In around January 1918 Reginald commenced service with the Army Service Corps. Following only eight weeks of training in Isleworth, Middlesex, Reginald was struck with an illness and died two days later in Fulham Hospital, London on 4 March 1918 aged 26.

His widow Elsie was remarried in Nottinghamshire in 1920 to a Charles Cobb and had four more children: Charles, Wilfred, Joyce and Alice. Elsie died in Chesterfield, Derbyshire in 1974 aged 82. Reginald's son Leonard died in Birmingham in 1997.


He gave his birthplace as Hampshire in the crew agreements. His birth was registered in Worksop in the third quarter of 1891.

Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr Reginald Hardwick
Age: 21 years (Male)
Nationality: English
Last Residence: at 4 Heysham Road, Shirley Southampton, Hampshire, England
Occupation: Kitchen Porter
Last Ship: First Ship
Embarked: Southampton on Saturday 6th April 1912
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
Died: Monday 4th March 1918 aged 27 years
Buried: St Mary Magalene Churchyard, Creswell, Derbyshire, England on Friday 8th March 1918

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References and Sources

Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259).
Commonwealth War Grave Commission Index: Reginald Hardwick. Private: M/350600

Research Articles

Titanica! (2017) Titanic Survivors' Untimely Deaths
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Derbyshire Times (9 March 1918) Private Reginald Hardwicke, A.S.A.


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  1. BobH

    BobH said:

    There's an entry within Encyclopedia Titanica for Mr Reginald Hardwick who was a Kitchen Porter. There seems a good deal of confusion over this individual because his place of birth is given as "Pietermaritzburg Natal South Africa" but also states "Mr Reginald Hardwick, 21, was born in Hampshire." There follows the text "Reginald Hardwick died on 4 March 1918 while serving with the Army Service Corps in World War One. He left a wife, Elsie S. Cobb, who resided at 22, Railway Avenue, Creswell, Derbyshire." There are also links to obituaries in the Worksop Guardian and the... Read full post

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