Bernard John Boughton

Mr Bernard John Boughton 1 was born in Brockley, Kent, England on 7 October 1887.2

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. 

He had two siblings: Arthur William (b. 9 May 1886) and Dorothy Martha(3) (b. 8 November 1888).

Bernard first appears on the 1891 census at 312 Brockley Road, St Mary, Lewisham, London and his father was described as a Coffee Refreshment House Keeper. The family were living at 459 New Road, Lewisham when Bernard was enrolled into Stanley Street School on 25 February 1895.

The family had moved to 12 Hardinge Road in Ashford, Kent by the time of the 1901 census; several years later Bernard was baptised in Christ Church, Folkestone, Kent on 17 March 1907. With the family still living at 12 Hardinge Road by the time of the 1911 census, Bernard was not listed as being there, presumably at sea at the time.

Bernard, who was unmarried, signed-on to the Titanic on 4 April 1912 and gave his address as 10 Richmans Street, Southampton. His previous ship had been the Olympic and as a first class steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s. 

Bernard Boughton died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

His family continued to reside in the Kent area; his brother married in 1914 to Edith Jewell and the following year they welcomed a son on 11 April 1915, naming him Bernard William. 

With Bernard's loss on Titanic, the next few years also threw other hardships at the family. Bernard's mother died, still at her 12 Hardinge Road address, on 28 December 1916. Arthur, his brother, later went to serve his country during the European conflict and died on the battlefields on 31 March 1918, leaving behind a young widow and son.

Bernard's father worked well into his advanced years and by 1939 was living in Hampstead, London and working as a porter, aged his late 70s. He died in 1946.


  1. His birth name was registered as Bernard John Boughton in the third quarter of 1887. When he joined school in 1895 his birth date was given as 7 October 1887. When he was baptised on 17 March 1907 his birth date was given as 29 October 1886 and his name as Bernard Julius Boughton, son of William Julius Boughton. Another date suggested, although unverified, is 31 October 1887.
  2. Dorothy Martha Boughton, later Mrs Henry Charlton. She later resettled in Australia where she died in the 1970s. 

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