Mr Augustus Schmidt

Mr August Smith was born in Austria 1 around 1890 2 as Augustus Schmidt.

He was the son of Joseph Schmidt (b. 1843) and his wife Bertha (b. 1849) and he had three known siblings: sisters Edwarda (b. 1876) and Flora (b. 1879), and brother Oscar (b. 1882).

August and his family emigrated to England, possibly in the late 1890s and settled in Whitechapel, London. His father was a hosiery merchant and August and his brother followed in their father's footsteps. The 1901 census of England shows the family living at 20 Church Lane, Whitechapel.

August and his brother seemingly emigrated again in following years and settled in the USA. August lived at an address in Newark, New Jersey, 59 Halsey Street, the home of a Dr W. H. De Vere whilst his brother settled in the south where he was involved in the lumber trade. August returned to Europe in mid-1911 and visited a sister in Paris. With the intention of returning to the USA in March 1912, August reportedly postponed his voyage so he could travel on Titanic.

August boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a second class passenger (ticket number 248659 which cost £13). He gave his address as 11 Berwick Street, Westminster, London, the home of Austrian-born Mr Krakower and his family who were also in the tailoring business and he was destined for Newark, New Jersey.

August Smith died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.


  1. The 1901 census declares his birthplace as Austria whilst a 1912 newspaper report claims that he and his brother Oscar were English-born.
  2. Age frequently given as 26.


Augustus Smith

Articles and Stories

Newark Star (1912) 
Newark Evening News (1912) 

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References and Sources

Newark Evening News, 17 April 1912, Fear Another Newarker Gone
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
Marriages, births, deaths and injuries that have occurred on board during the voyage (PRO London, BT 100/259-260)
United States Senate (62nd Congress), Subcommittee Hearings of the Committee on Commerce, Titanic Disaster, Washington 1912
Search archive British and Irish newspapers online

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(2020) Augustus Schmidt Encyclopedia Titanica (ref: #562, updated 13th January 2020 15:19:31 PM)