Mr August Sigfrid Carlsson was born 12 February 1884 in Dagsås, Tvååker, Varberg, Halland, Sweden.
He was the son of Carl Magnus Johansson (b. 1844) and Johanna Beata Andreasdotter (b. 1853) and was brother to: Emma Charlotta (b. 1875), Johan Albin (b. 1878), Selma Elisabeth (b. 1880), Josefina Elisabeth (b. 1881), Gustaf Daniel (b. 1886), Carl Ragnar (b. 1889), Anna Sofia (b. 1890), Karl Julius (b. 1893), Hulda Viktoria (b. 1895) and Estrid Ingeborg (b. 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.
Claes-Göran Wetterholm, Sweden
Leif Snellman, Finland
References and SourcesReferences
Mansion House Titanic Relief Fund Booklets and Minute Books
Claes-Göran Wetterholm (1988, 1996, 1999) Titanic. Prisma, Stockholm. ISBN 91 518 3644