Courtesy of Gavin Bell
Mr Arthur Barratt (Bell boy) was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England in mid-1896 and his birth was registered in the third quarter of that year.
He was the son of Arthur Barratt (1870-1944) and Margaret Black (1874-1939), both Hampshire natives who had married in Southampton in 1893 and he was the second of their three children. His siblings were: Elizabeth Kate (b. 1895) and Hilda Rose (b. 1901).
Arthur first appears on the 1901 census with his family living at 34 John Street, St Mary, Southampton when his father is described as a boiler maker. By the time of the 1911 census the family have shifted to 164 Northumberland Road, Southampton. His marine engineer father is absent, apparently at sea and a 14-year-old Arthur has already left school and working in a printing office.
When Arthur signed-on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as 164 Northumberland Road, Southampton. His previous ship had been the St. Louis and as a bell boy he received monthly wages of £2.
Quartermaster Sydney Humphreys reported that during the sinking the bellboys were herded to their regular posts in the main cabin entry and taken in charge by a leading steward and ordered to remain there so as they did not get in the way. Humphreys said that the boys waited patiently around before they were released and later saw them smoking and joking with passengers.
Arthur Barratt died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified. The following death notice appeared in The Hampshire Independent on 1 May 1912:
Barratt, Arthur. Dearly beloved son of Arthur and Margaret Barrett, 164 Northumberland Road, Aged 15 years.
An memorial notice appeared on 17 April 1915 in the same paper:
In ever loving memory of Arthur (Archie), the dearly beloved and only son of Arthur and Margaret Barratt, . . . Aged 15 years. As we gaze at your picture that hangs on the wall, Your smile and your welcome we often recall. We miss you and mourn you in sorrow unseen, And dwell on the memory of days that have been.
Arthur's family benefitted from the Titanic Relief Fund as class G dependents. His mother died in Southampton in 1939 and his father in 1944. His sister Elizabeth married in 1929 to Lionel William Basil Churcher and had two sons; she died in Southampton in 1979. His younger sister Hilda was married in 1924, becoming Mrs Albert Reginald Dore; she died in Southampton in 1990.