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Walter Hurst

Walter Hurst
Walter Hurst

Walter Hurst was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England on 24 November 1883. He was the son of Charles Henry Hurst (1853-1933) and Eliza Ann Miller (1855-), both Southampton natives who had married there in 1874.

Walter was one of eight children, his siblings being: Martha Ann (b. 1875), Robert Edward (b. 1878), Mary (b. 1880), Charles Henry (b. 1882), Ellen (b. 1886), Joseph Henry (b. 1887) and Louisa (b. 1891).

Walter first appears on the 1891 census. At that time he and his family were living at 12 Dock Street, St Mary, Southampton and his father was described as a general labourer. The family are still at this address by the time of the 1901 census, with Walter now described as an able seaman.

Walter was married in Southampton on 18 May 1907 to Rosina May Mintram (b. 12 February 1887 in Southampton). Together they would have six children: Walter Charles (1909-2003), Henry Edward (1910-1991), George Walter (1911-1990), Arthur Thomas (1913-2001), Rosina Ellen (1916-2002) and Florence May (1919-1958).

On the 1911 census Walter, his wife and first two children were listed as living at 51 Dock Street, Southampton and he was described as a mercantile seaman.

When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 6 April, 1912 Walter gave his local address as 13 Chapel Road, (Southampton), the home of his father-in-law William Mintram, also a fireman aboard Titanic. His last ship had been the Olympic. As a fireman he received monthly wages of £6.

William Mintram and Walter Hurst met each other shortly before the Titanic went down. William had found a lifejacket, but Hurst had not, so William gave his lifejacket to his son-in-law. This may have contributed to the fact that Walter was able to stay on collapsible B, and to survive, while William did not. Whilst aboard the upturned collapsible, Walter related in a 1950s interview that his mate Fireman William Lindsay offered him a hipflask. Believing it to be brandy, Walter took a mouthful but nearly choked when it turned out to be peppermint essence.

Walter Hurst

Walter Hurst in about 1919
(National Archives, courtesy of Gavin Bell, UK)

Walter Hurst returned to England a continued a career at sea. During the 1950s he would correspond with Walter Lord during that author's research for his book A Night to Remember. He died on 17 December 1964 at Harefield, Southampton. He is buried in St. Mary's Extra Cemetery, Southampton (section J 38, plot 67).  His estate of £365 was left to his widow Rosina who would later die on 27 May 1969.

References and Sources

Crew Particulars of Engagement
Southern Evening Echo, 14 April 1958, Article
General Register Office Certified Copy of an Entry of Death
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966

Research Articles

Senan Molony Titanica! (2008) McGough the Killer
Titanica! (2017) Shipwrecked again!
Titanic passengers and crew that experienced shipwrecks either before or after the Titanic disaster.

Newspaper Articles

Western Morning News (29 April 1912) Leap of 75 Feet
Southern Evening Echo (14 April 1958) Special anniversary for Titanic survivors


Southern Evening Echo (1964) Walter Hurst

Documents and Certificates


BBC Television (1956) Interviews with survivors
First Hand: 2: The Sinking of the 'Titanic'
Search archive online


Peter Andrews, UK (great grandson of Walter Hurst)
Trevor Baxter, UK
Chris Dohany, USA
Peter Engberg-Klarström, Sweden
Brian J. Ticehurst, UK

Comment and discuss

  1. Lesleyauger

    I am related to Walter Hurst, along with William Mintram and Charles John Hurst. Anyone out there related to them I would love to hear from you. Lesley

  2. Ted Bowring

    My Nephews wife, Sarah nee Hurst Great Grand Daughter of Walter Hurst Ted Bowring

  3. Sammy Redford

    Hi, Charles Edward Judd was my Great Great Grandfather, Walter and Charles Hurst were his cousin's I believe. Sam

  4. Lynda Dillon (nee Hurst)

    Hi Walter Hurst was my great grandad. His second son, Henry, was my dad’s, Edward Francis Frederick Hurst, dad.

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Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr Walter Hurst
Age: 23 years 4 months and 21 days (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Married to Rosina May Mintram
Occupation: Fireman
Last Ship: Olympic
Embarked: Southampton on Saturday 6th April 1912
Rescued (boat B)  
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
Died: Thursday 17th December 1964 aged 76 years
Buried: St Mary Extra Cemetery, Southampton, Hampshire, England

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