Mr Arthur Peckham Burroughs

Mr Arthur Peckham Burroughs was born in Lewisham, London, England on 13 October 1877.

He was the son of Arthur Burroughs, a draughtsman, and Mary Jane Agnes Peckham (1857-1918). His parents appear never to have been married and his father's background and true identity is uncertain.1

His mother Mary Jane was born in Lymington, Hampshire in 1857, the daughter of brewer's labourer William Peckham and Mary, née Phillips. Following the birth of her seemingly illegitimate son Arthur in 1877 she was married in Southampton in 1879 to Tom Harry Rickman (b. 1855 in Boldre, Lymington), a carpenter. Together they would have two children, Harry (b. 1878) and Rose (b. 1880). 

Arthur, for reasons unknown, is not listed with his mother and step-family on the 1881 census, and he does not appear to show up at any other address; his family were listed as living at 6 Bullar Street, Southampton. Arthur finally appears with his mother and stepfather on the 1891 census when they were living at Radcliffe Road, St Mary, Southampton and 13-year-old Arthur was described as a scholar. Arthur is again absent by the time of the 1901 census but his family are listed at 65 Northumberland Road, St Mary, Southampton. 

Burroughs was married in St Denys, Hampshire on 15 August 1903 to Harriett Jane Howells (b. 1877 in Lyndhurst, Hampshire); he was still a resident of Northumberland Road and was described as a seaman. He and Harriett went on to have three children: Arthur John (b. 28 February 1904), Harry (b. 24 November 1906) and Gwendoline Agnes (b. 30 June 1910).

Burroughs is absent from the 1911 census but his wife and children are listed as living at 73 Adelaide Road, St Denys, Southampton.

When he signed-on to the Titanic on 6 April 1912 Burroughs gave his address as 73 Adelaide Road, Southampton. His previous ship had been the Philadelphia and as a fireman he received monthly wages of £6.

Arthur Burroughs died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified. He is remembered on a family headstone in the Old Cemetery, Southampton.

Arthur's widow Harriett was remarried in 1915 to Albert Edward Mullins (b. 1890), a dock policeman from Wimbledon, Surrey; with him she had two children, Edward Ernest and Edna. She remained in Southampton for the rest of her life and predeceased her husband when she died on 17 June 1949. Her husband Albert died on 25 October 1969.

Arthur's son, Arthur John was later married to Phyllis Butcher and they had one son and one daughter; he died in Southampton in 1970.  Arthur's son Harry as later married to Elizabeth Batt and had two sons; he died in Southampton on 22 August 1985.  His daughter Gwendoline later married George Alfred Bannister (d. 1983) and they had two sons; she died in Shirley, Hampshire on 13 August 1985.


  1. The identity of his father is unclear; on his marriage record his name was given as Arthur Burroughs (deceased), a draughtsman. He may have been born in Lewisham in 1855 or 1856, son of John Thomas Robert Burroughs and Mary Ann Julia Jackson; his father was a doctor. At the time of the 1871 census he was living with his family at Manor Villa in Lee, Kent; there is no record that he was ever married to Arthur's mother and, likewise, there is no identifiable record for his death. What became of him is not known.

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