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Charles John Hurst

RMS Titanic Fireman

Charles John Hurst
Charles John Hurst

Mr Charles John Hurst (Fireman) was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England on 9 October 1871.

He was the son of John Hurst (1842-1927), a seaman, and Harriet Thompson (1846-1930), both natives of Hampshire who had married in 1869.

He had eight known siblings: Annie Emma (b. 1870), Mary Ursula (b. 1875), William George (b. 1877), Edward Arthur (b. 1880), James Silas (b. 1881), Ellen Eliza (b. 1883), Herbert Samuel (b. 1886) and Henry (b. 1888).

Charles first appears on the 1881 census with his family and they were listed as living at 1 Chapel Street, Millbrook, Hampshire but his seafaring father was absent. Charles himself was absent from the 1891 census, perhaps indicating that he had already commenced a career at sea. It is not certain if he ever became a full-time naval seaman but it is known that he joined the Royal Naval Reserves, perhaps sometime around 1908.

He was married in Southampton in late 1897 to Louisa Mary Olden (b. 1874 in Southampton) and together they had five children: Edwin John (b. 1898), Louis Frank (b. 1899), Leonard Charles (b. 1903) Herbert James (b. 1907) and Gladys Louise (b. 1911). Charles, his wife and first two children appear on the 1901 census living at 19 York Road, Freemantle and he was described as a steamship fireman. There is no trace of the family on the 1911 census.

When Charles signed on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as (5) Laundry Road, (Southampton). His previous ship had been the Tagus and as a fireman he received monthly wages of £6. Also serving aboard as a fireman was his cousin Charles Edward Judd, the son of his mother's sister Anna.

Charles Hurst was lost in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified. The following deat notice appeared in the Hampshire Advertiser (27 April 1912):

HURST--On the 15th inst., at sea, on s.s. Titanic, Charles John Hurst, aged 40, son of John and Harriet Hurst, of 12, St George's Road, Freemantle, Southampton.

Charles' widow Louisa Mary Hurst never remarried and remained in Southampton, where she died 17 April 1958, aged 85 years.

His son Edwin John was married to Lillian Lovell and they had had at least two children before his death in Southampton in 1958.

Son Louis Frank married Hilda May Pearce and had three children. He died in 1982 in Southampton.

Son Leonard Charles never married and seems to have remained with his mother. He died in Southampton on 25 September 1965.

Son Herbert later married Violet Mary Victoria Penfold and had three children. He died in 1982 in Southampton. 

Charles' daughter Gladys Louise later married Ronald Beare and they had two daughters. Gladys died in Southampton on 16 April 1987.

Charles John Hurst is remembered on his wife's and son's grave in Hollybrook Cemetery, Southampton (Section K11, Plot 041), the grave is unfortunately now in a bad state of repair.



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  1. Clive Keevil

    Clive Keevil

    Charles Hurst was my great grandfather and was a Fireman/Stoker. My son has become very interested in his story having studied the Titanic at school. I am looking for any photos of the crew and the areas they lived and worked in. He was never found but we do have information about him and his life as well as the usual family photos. Can anyone help?? Clive Keevil

  2. Michael H. Standart

    Clive, what little ET has on him can be found . While you probably won't have too much trouble finding crew photos, finding photos of the working spaces on the Titanic herself may be quite a trick. Apparently, it never occured to anyone to keep an extensive official record of the engineering spaces, and what may have been done is either no longer extant or in private collections. There are some construction photos of the Olympic class liners engineering spaces, but they're few and far between.

  3. Brian J. Ticehurst

    Clive - here is a bit of family information that might help Hurst, Charles John. Lived at 3 Laundry Road, Freemantle, Southampton. Occupation - Fireman. 35 years old. (Born in Hampshire). (Wife: Louisa). (Death Notice from the Southern Daily Echo 27th April, 1912 and the Hampshire Independent 27th April and 11th May 1912). Hurst, Charles John. Dearly Beloved Husband of Louisa Hurst, 5 Laundry Road, Shirley Warren, Aged 40. (From: Mansion House Titanic Relief Fund Booklet, March 1913) Number 127. Hurst, Louisa, Mary, widow. Children: Edwin; Lewis; Leonard; Herbert; Gladys. All class... Read full post

  4. Miss Lisa J Beare

    Miss Lisa J Beare

    Charles John Hurst, known to family and friends as 'Jack', was my great grandfather, who lived at 3,Laundry Road, Shirley Warren. He had 4 children, Leonard, Michael, Herbert and Gladys, who was my grandmother. They moved to 1,Laundry Road, where I lived up until one year ago. Glad had 2 daughters, Janet and Diane, my mother.I'd be interested in getting in touch as we seem to be related. How do you fit into our family tree?

  5. Jason D. Tiller

    Hi Lisa, You might want to send Clive an e-mail, by clicking on his name. It appears that he hasn't logged on in a few months. Just a thought. Best regards, Jason

  6. Julia Perrin

    I am a grand-daughter of Charles John Hurst. Although I have maintained in Interest in his fate for many years I do not even have a known photograph of him. It sounds as if Clive and Lisa may have some. I recognise Lisa as the daughter of my cousin Diane, and presume Clive is Jan's son. If either of them ever visit this site I would be delighted to make more direct contact.

  7. Jason D. Tiller

    Hello Julia, Welcome aboard. Clive is no longer a member of the board, so it is very unlikely that he will see your message. As for Lisa, she has not accessed the board since June 6, 2006. But, you can send her a message through her profile by clicking on her name.

  8. Lisa Beare

    Hello Julia, I changed my e mail address so may not have received any previous attempts to get in contact. I didn't hear back from Clive, assume he was a son of either Pauline or Mercia, daughters of Mike Hurst (Michael, son of Charles Hurst) as they emigrated to Australia, which is where he was living I think. My mother Diane and her sister Jan are unfortunately deceased, but I am in regular contact with Jan's daughters Sadie and Lucy. I have a large photo of Charles Hurst and will try and post it on this site sometime this week.

  9. JackLovell

    Hello Lisa, My name is (Murray) Jack Lovell and Charles John Hurst is my great grandfather through his eldest son Edwin John Hurst (1898 - 1958) and wife Lillian. My mother was their only daughter Gladys Hurst who married Murray Carbonel Lovell in the mid 40's. Members of the Hurst family continued to reside in Laundry Road certainly into the 60's and I remember in my early teens dropping in to cadge a cigarette from the twenty-something Diana who I had a crush on. It has been a long time since there was any activity on this post but if you do receive this I would welcome a line from you. Jack

  10. Clive Keevil

    Hello again! I am Clive Keevil. My mother was Pauline Hurst, daughter of Michael Hurst (Mick) (Michael, son of Charles Hurst). He was with his relative Walter Hurst who survived via Lifeboat B. I moved to Australia in 2000 and now have a grandson, 7 months, who we are putting together a family tree and a family history. Any references would help as we don't want this event to be forgotten. As mum and dad have now passed we are the new torch bearers within our section of the family. Any contacts, info would be welcome Stay safe Clive Keevil

  11. Arun Vajpey

    Were Charles and Walter Hurst related? I was under the impression that Walter Hurst (Titanic survivor) was the son-in-law of fellow fireman William Mintram (victim). I did not know that they were also related to Charles Hurst? William Mintram had a son named Charles who was 19 years old at the time the Titanic sank but he had nothing to do with the ship. Charles Mintram lived into his 90s, passing on in 1986.

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Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr Charles John Hurst
Age: 40 years 6 months and 6 days (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Married to Louisa Mary Olden
Last Residence: at 5 Laundry Road, FreemantleSouthampton, Hampshire, England
Occupation: Fireman
Last Ship: Tagus
Embarked: Southampton on Saturday 6th April 1912
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Identified

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