Bernard John Boughton was born in Brockley, Kent, England on 31 October 1887. He was the son of William John Boughton (b. 1861) and Emma Louisa Burbridge (b. 1862). His parents hailed from Tottington, London and Headcorn, Kent respectively and had married in 1885 in Camberwell, London. They would have three children: Arthur William (b. 1886), Dorothy Martha (b. 1889) and Bernard.
Bernard first appears on the 1891 census at 312 Brockley Road, St Mary, Lewisham, London. His father is described as a Coffee Refreshment House Keeper. The family have moved to 12 Hardinge Road in Ashford, Kent by the time of the 1901 census. They are still at this address by the time of the 1911 census although Bernard is absent, perhaps at sea.
Bernard, who was unmarried, signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912 and gave his address as 10 Richmans Street, Southampton. As a first class steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s. His last ship had been the Olympic.
Bernard Boughton died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.