Mr 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. His wife passed away in 1954.



Portrait of William J. Mellors c.1925
William J. Mellors and his grandson Thomas C. Bell
Letter from William Mellors to his mother  - Richmond County Club

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Voyage (2008) 
Evening Banner (1912) 
New York Times (1912) 


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Phillip Gowan, USA
Hermann Söldner, Germany


  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.
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