William John Mellors

William Mellors

Mr William John Mellors 1 was born on 14 January 1893 in Wandsworth, London, England.

His parents were unmarried at the time of his birth.2 His father William John Mellors (b. 1871) hailed from Nottingham and worked in London as a porter at His Majesty's Stationery Office. He was married to Harriet Stacey (b. 1871), a native of Shaftesbury, Dorset on 20 February 1893 in London. The couple went on to have a further two children, Samuel Henry (b. 1898) and Violet Adelaide (b. 1903).

William and his family appear on the 1901 census living as boarders at Enmore Green, Dorset. His father was absent and at the time was in Africa serving in the Boer War. The family later appeared on the 1911 census living at 8 Christ Church Terrace, Chelsea, London and William was described as a shop assistant in a trunk store.

He boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a second class passenger (ticket number SW/PP 751 which cost £10, 10s). He was destined for New York where he had secured a job in Staten Island. During the voyage he appears to have spent time with Mrs Bessie Watt and her daughter Bertha.

Mr Mellors survived the sinking in waterlogged collapsible A and suffered from frost-bitten feet.

After arriving in New York, he went to his cousin, Mr Hale, at Richmond Country Club, Donganhills, Staten Island (400 West 57th Street, New York) where he would later work.

He was married in 1920 to Juanita Veronica Sarber (b. 8 October 1894), a native of West Virginia and they had a daughter Virginia (later Mrs Charles Bell) the following year. They lived in Manhattan before moving to Detroit, Michigan in the 1930s where William worked as an editor for a magazine, The National Republic.

William died in Detroit on 23 July 1948 aged 55.Mellors His wife passed away in 1954. He is buried at Evergreen Cemetery, Detroit


  1. Notes On the List for the Immigration Officer he was listed as "Mellon".
  2. Birth registered as William John Stacey

References and Sources

Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279]).
List or Manifest of Alien Passengers for the United States Immigration Officer At Port of Arrival (Date: 18th-19th June 1912, Ship: Carpathia) - National Archives, NWCTB-85-T715-Vol. 4183.

Research Articles

Robert L. Bracken Voyage (2008) William J. Mellors
A survivor emerges from the mists of time.

Newspaper Articles

Evening Banner (26 April 1912) Rescued Passenger Brings Word of Lost Superintendent
Tells of Acquaintance Made With Bennington Man


Portrait of William J. Mellors c.1925
William J. Mellors and his grandson Thomas C. Bell
William John Mellors
William John Mellors
(1912) Titanic Postcard sent by William Mellors - Southampton
(1912) Letter from William Mellors to his mother - Richmond County Club

Documents and Certificates

American Red Cross Emergency and Relief Booklet (1)

Letters and Diaries

(1912) Letter from William J. Mellors to his mother - Southampton
Letter written on RMS Titanic notepaper from second class passenger William J. Mellors to his mother
(1912) Letter from William J. Mellors to his mother - Queenstown
Letter written on RMS Titanic notepaper from second class passenger William J. Mellors to his mother
(1912) Letter from William Mellors to Dorothy Ockenden


Report from Dr. Dodge
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    Mike Poirier said:

    I sat down to read Bob Bracken's article on 2nd class passenger William J. Mellors and was most impressed. Not much was known about his life, and not only does this article tell his full actions aboard Titanic, (which includes letters he wrote home on Titanic stationary), it gives a full view of his political adventures afterwards. He truly was one of the more interesting individuals aboard and I hope others enjoy his story when they have a chance to read it. Especially those interested in Titanic memorabilia. There are pictures of the stationary and the postcard he sent home.

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2018) William John Mellors (ref: #512, last updated: 10th September 2018, accessed 21st September 2021 22:24:24 PM)
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