Mr Thomas Jubilee Mayzes (Fireman), perhaps patriotically named to mark the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1887, was born in Battersea, London, England on 23 February 1887.
He was the son of George Mayzes (1846-1897), a labourer, and Lydia Cunningham (1848-1905). His father was from Essex and his mother from Kent and they had married in Kent in 1867.
Thomas had ten known siblings: George (b. 1867), Lydia (b. 1870), Eliza (b. 1872), Charles (b. 1875), Walter (b. 1877), Samuel James (b. 1879), Frederick Kimball (b. 1881), Maria (b. 1884), Maud Elizabeth (b. 1889) and Daniel (b. 1892).
Thomas first appears on the 1891 census when he and his family were living at 18 Parton (?) Road, Battersea. His father died in 1897 and by the time of the 1901 census Thomas was still at home with his widowed mother and two youngest siblings at 23 Chapel Road, Southwick, Sussex.
Thomas was married in London in 1905 to Mary Ann Turner (b. 1882 in Devonshire) and the couple had one child, Frederick Thomas (b. 1907). The family appear on the 1911 census living at 26 St Andrews Road, Southampton and Thomas was described as a trimmer.
When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, Thomas gave his address as 8 Commercial Street, (Southampton). He transferred from the Oceanic. He received monthly wages of £6.
Mayzes was rescued, possibly in lifeboat 3.
Thomas returned to England and continued working at sea. With the outbreak of war in 1914 he volunteered for service in August that year and served on HM Patrol and Ioliare and HMT St Pancras and Cynic, engaged in troop transport to various allied ports. After the cessation of conflict he served a period in the Archangel campaign (part of the Allied intervention in Russia) before being demobilised in 1919. He was later decorated with the General Service and the Mercantile Marine War Medals. Mayzes then returned to the merchant service.
Mayzes had moved to 33 Commercial Street in Southampton by around 1914 and lived there for the rest of his life. He died of typhoid on 9 February 1928 aged 40 and in his final delirium he was raving "save the woman and children".
His widow never remarried and remained in the family home where she died on 16 December 1960. His son Frederick had passed away in Southampton in 1943.
Brian Ticehurst, UK
Bill Wormstedt, USA
References and SourcesCrew Particulars of Engagement
United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List
National Archives CR10 Identity Cards (Crown copyright)