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Alfred Maytum

Alfred Maytum
(Daily Sketch 18 April 1912).

Mr Alfred Maytum was born in Sutton Valence, Kent, England in late 1859, later being baptised on 15 January 1860.

He was the eldest child of Mark Maytum (1831-1913), a bricklayer, and Mary Ann Reeves (1839-1922). His father was also native to Sutton Valence whilst his mother hailed from Headcorn, Kent and they had married on 30 October 1859, not long before his birth.

Alfred was one of sixteen children, seven of whom lived past infancy. His known siblings were: Henry Mark (b. 1861), Alice Elizabeth (b. 1863), Edmund James (b. 1864), Pentenden (b. 1866), Percy (b. 1868), Lizzie (b. 1869), Frank (b. 1871), Ernest (b. 1873), Herbert (b. 1875), Bertie (b. 1878), James Arthur (b. 1879), Agnes Gertrude (b, 1881) and Archibald (b. 1885).

Alfred first appears on the 1861 census when he and his family were living at Lower Street in Sutton Valence. The 1871 census would show Alfred and his family living at 66 Lower Street, he still being described as a schoolboy. Alfred would not be with his family by the time of the 1881 census, who were still living in Sutton Valence at an unspecified address. He would be listed elsewhere at Maidstone Road, Mereworth, Kent and he was then described as a butcher.

Alfred was married in St George's Church, Everton, Liverpool on 18 June 1885 to Alice Dean Midgley (b. 1864 in Liverpool). His address at the time was given as 311 Netherfield Road North, Everton. He and his wife went on to have five children: Richard Ernest Alfred (1887-1935), Alice Maud (later Mrs John McCreadie, 1889-1925), Agnes Gertrude (later Mrs Cyril Seymour Morton, 1896-1986), Emily (later Mrs Albert Smith, b. 1899) and Alfred (1901-1902).

He later worked for the White Star Line and in the late 1890s and early 1900s worked many voyages aboard Cymric, his address then being 52 Emery Street. He also served aboard Majestic and by 1903 was working as butcher aboard Cedric, a vessel he would serve aboard until at least the following year. It appears he may have become friendly with James Walpole, the two men serving aboard several ships together.

He and his appear on the 1901 census living at 52 Emery Street, Walton, Liverpool and Alfred is described as a butcher for the White Star Line. On the 1911 census he, his wife and daughters Agnes and Emily are residents of 12 Rugby House, Stafford Road, Southampton when he is still described as a ship's butcher. Also residing at this address is James Walpole.

When he signed on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, Alfred gave his address as 12 Stafford Road, (Southampton). His previous ship had been the Olympic and as chief butcher he could expect to earn monthly wages of £6.

Alfred Maytum died in the sinking; his body (#141) was recovered by the Mackay-Bennett and was buried at Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia on 8 May 1912.

His widow Alice remained in Southampton where she died in 1940.


Alfred Maytum Grave
Grave in Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Halifax, N.S.
(© Bob Knuckle, Canada).


CLOTHING ? Striped coat; white coat marked "A. May"; striped flannel shirt; blue trousers.

EFFECTS ? Keys marked "Butcher"; stud; plain gold ring; six pence.

Height 5 ft. 3½ in.; Weight, 158 lbs.
Age, about 50.
Hair, Sandy, very Thin on Top of Head; Moustache very Light
Marks, Second and Fourth Upper Teeth, left side, Missing.
Buried at Fairview Cemetery, Halifax, N.S...
Wore white coat marked "A. May." Carried keys marked "Butcher". Effects include picture post card addressed Mrs Kempsey, Antrim Place, Antrim Road, Belfast.


References and Sources

Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Daily Sketch, April 18, 1912
White Star Line (1912) Disposition of Bodies ex Titanic Recovered up to May 13, 1912. Public Archives of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Library Call No. VK T53 D63,
White Star Line (1912.) Record of Bodies and Effects (Passengers and Crew S.S. "Titanic") Recovered by Cable Steamer "MacKay Bennett"
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  1. Daniel Maytum

    Daniel Maytum

    Just recently discovered my great,great grandfather, Alfred Maytum was a butcher on the Titanic. If anyone has any info, I'd love to hear it. Great page! Daniel Maytum Boston USA

  2. george leitch

    My wife's Great Uncle was Alfred Maytum who is listed as Master Butcher in the sinking. His body was recovered and is buried in the Titanic section of the Halifax cemetery.

  3. Maureen Matheson

    Daniel, have just discovered this site. Alfred was my great, great uncle. Alfred's brother was Pettenden; one of Pettenden's daughters was Ada Dorothy, my grandmother. Maureen Matheson Australia

  4. Mark Baber

    Hello, Maureen--- Please note that you're responding to a message from 1998 by someone who's no longer a member of this message board. It's therefore quite likely that he will not see or answer your message. Best wishes.

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Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr Alfred Maytum
Age: 53 years (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Married to Alice Dean Midgley
Occupation: Chief Butcher
Last Ship: Olympic
Embarked: Belfast on Monday 1st April 1912
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body recovered by: Mackay-Bennett (No. 141)
Buried: Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on Wednesday 8th May 1912

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