Arthur Veal

Mr Arthur Veal (Greaser) was born in Freemantle, Southampton, Hampshire, England in the summer months of 1876.

He was the youngest son of John Veal (b. 1838), a publican, and Emily Kemp (b. 1835), both Hampshire natives who were married on 10 November 1861. His four known siblings were: Emily (b. 1865-1941, later Mrs Bruce William Chandler), Charles (b. 1870), Anna Amelia (1869-1869) and John Henry (1872-1936).

Arthur first appears on the 1881 census residing with his family at the Rover Inn public house on Shirley Road, Millbrook, Southampton, of which his father was the inn keeper. Both his parents died within a few years of each other; his mother in 1883 and his father in 1885 and he was taken in by his paternal uncle Arthur and his family.

Young Arthur appeared on the 1891 census, still living and working with his uncle, a bricklayer, and his family at Mount Pleasant on Cemetery Road in Weston Common, Hampshire. How long he stayed there is not clear and when he went to sea is also a mystery.

He was married in his native Southampton in 1905 to Louisa Minnigin (b. 1874), a fellow resident of that city who was born to an Italian florist father and an English mother. The couple remained childless and by the time of the 1911 census were sown as residents of 15 Imperial Avenue, Shirley and Arthur was described as a marine greaser. Also living with them were Louisa's elderly widowed father George Minnigin and her unmarried younger brother Edward.

When he signed on to the Titanic on 6 April 1912 Veal gave his address as 15 Imperial Avenue and his previous ship as the Adriatic. As a greaser he could expect to earn monthly wages of £6, 10s.

Arthur Veal died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

His widow Louisa never remarried and in later years lived at 124 Winchester Road, Southampton. She died on 8 October 1959.

Arthur is remembered on his wife's headstone in Old Common cemetery Southampton section Q 128, plot 63 he is also mentioned on a brass plaque in Holy Trinity Church, Millbrook, Southampton.


  1. His birth was registered in South Stoneham in September 1876.
  2. John Doswell married Louisa's sister Ann in 1912
  3. Louisa's probate record dated 21 Jan 1960 indicates that her estate was valued at £3086 10s which she left to RAF Squadron Leader George Alfred Frederick Minnigin and Raymond Jack Doswell (John and Ann's son, 16 Jan 1923-1990).

References and Sources

GRO Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966
1881-1911 British Census
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