Mr August Sigfrid Carlsson

August Sigfrid Carlsson. He had been born 12 February 1884 in Dagsås (near Varberg), Halland to Karl Magnus, a shoemaker b. 19 September 1844 at Dagsås, Varberg, Halland County, and Johanna Beata (nee Andreasdotter, b. 28 September 1853 at Dagsås) Johansson, who had married in 1874.

His known siblings were Emma Charlotta, b. 29 November 1875, Johan Albin, b. 23 April 1878, Selma Elisabeth, b. 29 March 1880 (d. 26 December 1880), Josefina Elisabet, b. 1 November 1881, Gustaf Daniel, b. 11 November 1886, Carl Ragnar, b. 11 February 1889 (d. 14 April 1889), Anna Sofia, b. 21 May 1890, Karl Julius, b. 3 January 1893, Hulda Viktoria, b. 21 March 1895, and Estrid Ingeborg, b. 12 August 1896.

Carlsson owned a homestead at Rör, Dagsås. He was married to Julia Bernardina Stenström (b. 2 October 1887) and they had two sons: Karl Johan (b. 12 July 1908) and Gunnar David (b. 13 July 1910).

August was travelling from Dagsås to a brother in Tower, Minnesota. He departed on 1 April and travelled from Copenhagen to Esbjerg on 6 April. From there he got a ship to England. He boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a third class passenger (ticket number 350042 which cost £7, 15s, 11d).

August died in the sinking and his body was never found. When he was officially declared dead on 8 March 1920, the date of death was wrongly given as 14 April 1912.

The Mansion House Fund paid 2699.52 Kr (£148) to his widow and 875.52 Kr (£48) to his parents. 5466 Kr (£300) damage claims were also later paid to his widow, children & parents. The large damage and support sums is explained by the fact that the family and probably also the parents were fully dependent on his income.

August's widow had been pregnant at the time of the disaster and gave birth to a son, Karl August on 19 September 1912. She had reportedly lost her eldest son only days before. On 11 September 1919 she gave birth to another child, Asta Johanna Elemina, naming her late husband as the child's father. Julia Carlsson died on 18 December 1950.


Comment and discuss

Leave a comment


Gavin Bell, UK
Peter Engberg, Sweden
Claes-Göran Wetterholm, Sweden
Leif Snellman, Finland

References and Sources

Mansion House Titanic Relief Fund Booklets and Minute Books
Claes-Göran Wetterholm (1988, 1996, 1999) Titanic. Prisma, Stockholm. ISBN 91 518 3644
Search archive British and Irish newspapers online

Link and cite this biography

Encyclopedia Titanica (2018) August Sigfrid Carlsson (ref: #714, last updated: 24th February 2018, accessed 10th April 2020 09:29:16 AM)