Arthur Albert Howell was born in Croydon, Surrey, England on 20 June 1880 and was baptised on 11 August in St Michael's Church.
He was the son of John William Howell (b. 1849), a gardener, and Sarah Parker (b. 1848). His father was also from Croydon and his mother a native of Kent and they were married in London in 1870. Arthur had six known siblings: John George (b. 1873), Henry Brutus (b. 1875), Frederick William (b. 1878), Ellen (b. 1883), Edith Jane (b. 1885) and Florence (b. 1887).
Arthur first appears on the 1881 census whilst living at 13 Bensham Lane, Croydon, moving to 14 Queens Road, also in Croydon, by the time of the 1891 census where the family would remain for all future census records. When the 1901 census was conducted Arthur was absent from the family home, perhaps already at sea.
Arthur was married in his native Croydon on 29 October 1907 to Annie Jessie Wall (b. 1874), a native of Capel, Kent). His address at the time was listed as 2 Craignish (?) Avenue, Norbury, London and his profession was given as an attendant. He and his wife would have two children: Arthur Albert (b. 27 April 1908 in Croydon) and Edith Annie (b. 13 December 1909 in Itchen, Hampshire). The family appear together on the 1911 census living at 12 Cliff Road, Itchen and Arthur is described as a steward for the White Star Line.
He initially signed-on to the Titanic in Belfast on 1 April 1912 and signed-on again in Southampton on 4 April 1912. When he did so Arthur gave his address as 12 Cliff Road, Itchen, (Hampshire). He had transferred from the Olympic. As a saloon steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s.
Howell died in the sinking. His body was recovered (#319) by the Montmagny and was buried at Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia on 10 May 1912.
He has a Memorial brick in his name in the Woolston, Southampton, Millennium Garden, known as the Feathers, in Victoria Road Woolston which opened in April 2002.
His family, including his parents, later benefitted from the Titanic Relief Fund. His widow Annie never remarried and later moved to Lancing, Sussex where she died on 13 March 1962.
His daughter Edith Annie was never married and remained with her mother. She died in Sussex in 1996. His son Arthur also died in Sussex, in 1988.
© Bill Fowler, Canada.