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Arthur William Barringer

Arthur William Barringer was born in Cambridgeshire, England in 1878 and his birth was registered in the first quarter of that year. He was the son of William Barringer (1854-1919) and Mary Ann Baird (1851-1935). His father was from Abbotsley, Huntingdonshire and his mother from Hardwick, Cambridgeshire and they had married in late-1871 in Caxton, Cambridgeshire.

Arthur first appears on the 1881 census living at 10 St Matthews Buildings, St Andrew the Less, Cambridgeshire with his parents and siblings: James (b. 1872), Walter (b. 1873), Sarah Elizabeth (b. 1879) and Florence Gertrude (b. 1881). His father was listed as a Police Constable. On the 1891 census the family are living at 8 Thoday Street, St Andrew the Less, Cambridgeshire and have welcomed another daughter, Ada Rebecca (b. 1890). Arthur, aged 14, is listed as an errand boy. Another child would be born to Arthur's parents in 1896, Rosetta Maud.

By the time of the 1901 census Arthur is absent from home but his parents are listed as living at 13 Thoday Street, Cambridge.

Arthur was married in Southampton, Hampshire in early-1906 to Ethel Isabel McKean (b. 1880 in Southampton). They appear as a married couple on the 1911 census living at 13 Waterloo Road, Southampton (Arthur being described as a ship's steward) with their two children: Dorothy Ethel (b. September 2, 1909) and Eric (b. March 11, 1911).

When Arthur signed-on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as 52 Padwell Road, Southampton. As a first class steward he received monthly wages of £3 15s. His last ship had been the Olympic.

Barringer died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.

Arthur's widow Ethel was remarried in 1914 to Thomas King and had a daughter, Peggy later that year. She was again widowed around 1921 and in 1927 in Southampton she was married  to Albert Winter. She died in 1960 in Gosport, Hampshire.

Arthur's daughter Dorothy was married in Southampton in 1932 to Jack Mills; the couple had five children before Dorothy's death in Southampton in 1995. His son Eric married Lillian Buckingham in Southampton in 1931 and they had two children. He died in Southampton in 1992.

Newspaper Articles

Cambridge Independent Press (19 April 1912) Arthur William Barringer
Cambridge Chronicle (19 April 1912) Cambridge man aboard
Cambridge Chronicle (26 April 1912) A Cambridge Victim
Southern Daily Echo (29 April 1912) In memorium
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  1. Ralph Dellar

    AW was one of my English granny’s older brothers according to 1881 UK census CD. (Not found in 1901 UK census yet.) Does any lister (such as Brian T) have more info about AW, his spouse or his children? Or is any lister related to him? Is there a crew photo that may show him? I last posted several messages to this site (under an older email account) in 2000. I have not been actively reading posts since 2001. If sending a PRIVATE MESSAGE, please include "BARRINGER" in the subject line or your message may be blocked by my spam filter. (If you have a crew photo to share, please... Read full post

  2. Brian J. Ticehurst

    Ralph - here is some information below that should keep you happy: Barringer, Arthur William. Elisingor, Bath Street, Inner Avenue, Southampton. Saloon Steward. 33. (Cambridge). (In memorium Southern Daily Echo, 29th April, 30th April, 30th April, 1st May 1912 and Hampshire Independent 4th May 1912) Barringer, Arthur William. Dearly loved Husband of Ethel Barringer, Elsinore, Bath Street Bevois Town, (Late of 52 Padwell Road). Probate Report: Barringer, Arthur William, Elsingore, Bath Street, Southampton. Probate - Winchester to Ethel Isabel Barringer. Estate £232 19s 11d. (From:... Read full post

  3. Ralph Dellar

    Thank you Brian - this is more information than I thought was available 3 years ago, and available so quickly. Are you publishing a book on the crew? In your post it implied that there was a photo of AW in this article "(From the Cambridge Chronicle April 26th, 1912, page 5)". Is this photo, or this article available, either on-line or through a private collection, or is the quality too faded or poor to view? Is "Elisingor" (listed for AW) and "Elsinore" (listed for Elinor, his widow) the same place (but a spelling typo) or two different places? Ralph from the "Windy City"

  4. Brian J. Ticehurst

    Ralph, Glad you found the information useful. The photograph in the Cambridge Chronicle I had once was a photostat of the microfiche and quite honestly could have been anyone. I would think it is still available from the Cambridge Library if you asked them. Elisingore - the name of his house in Bath Street is spelt differently in different sources - I will go and check to see if the house name still exists. Writing a book on the crew? No - I now have far far too much information for that. Cheers Brian

  5. Brian J. Ticehurst

    Ralph, I visited Bath Street, Southampton today and yes the house named ''Elsinore''is still there with the name carved out in stone above the front porch. Basically the house is the same as in 1912 and at present it is in a pretty run down state. The whole street was renumbered years ago and the number allotted to Elsinore is no. 24. So we can now correct his entry. Best regards Brian

  6. Ralph Dellar

    Thank you ever so much Brian for the info in your last two postings. I had not expected that you would walk/drive to check out the actual building - is it located on Bevois Mount area between Middle St and Cliff Road (at the top of the Baekker map of 1910 Southampton that is posted on the site) or above Middle St. What kind of building - a small house, a large house converted into a multi-family dwelling, ...? Also AW (and presumably his family) lived at 52 Padwell according to the crew sign-on info. Where is that in relation to the Docks area - I could not spot it on the 1910 map so it... Read full post

  7. Brian J. Ticehurst

    Ralph, It was no problem visiting Bath Street - it is only a very few minutes from my residence here. Your questions - yes, it is in the Bevois Mount area and almost adjoins Padwell Road. In 1912 the area was and is still known as the ''Inner Avenue'' area and row after row of streets of small houses were erected to house the mass of people flocking to Southampton to work on the liners etc. Elsinore, Bath Street is in the middle of a terrace of about 30 houses and consists of two bedrooms and two downstairs rooms (two up - two down) a bathroom, kitchen and small back garden with... Read full post

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Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr Arthur William Barringer
Age: 34 years (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Married to Ethel Isabel McKean
Last Residence: at 52 Padwell RoadSouthampton, Hampshire, England
Last Ship: Olympic
Embarked: Belfast on Monday 1st April 1912
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Identified

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