Mr Ennis Hastings Watson

Mr Ennis Hastings Watson was born in Belfast, Ireland over the Spring months of 1893.

He was the son of James Watson (b. 1856), a shipwright, and Sarah Jane Orr (b. 1857), natives of Co Down who had married in Belfast in 1883. 

Ennis was one of eight children and he grew up in east Belfast in a Church of Ireland household. His siblings were: Emily Annie (b. 1883), Eva Maud (b. 1885), Adeline (b. 1886), James Pyper (b. 1889), Winifred (b. 1891), William Gilbert (b. 1895) and Sidney Herbert (b. 1898).

On both the 1901 and 1911 census records the family are shown living at 75 Madrid Street in Pottinger, Belfast. At the time of the latter record, Ennis was described as an apprentice electrician. 

Before his apprenticeship at Harland & Wolff Watson had been educated at the Belfast Municipal Technical Institute since around 1907 where he first studied practical mathematics and art, followed by electronics. In examinations conducted by the Board of Education, London in 1908-1909, and by the City and Guilds of London Institute in 1909-1910 he was successful in obtaining awards. Prior to joining Titanic he had been attending classes in telephony and telegraphy. Contemporary media lauded over his promising future. 

No doubt excelling in his apprenticeship at Harland & Wolff, Ennis was one of the nine-strong "guarantee group" of Harland & Wolff employees chosen to oversee the smooth running of the Titanic's maiden voyage. 

Ennis Watson, like the rest of his counterparts, died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.

His mother later lived at 53 Hatton Drive, Cregagh, east Belfast and died on 1 February 1937. She is buried in Dundonald Cemetery, Dundonald, Co Down.



Gavin Bell, UK

References and Sources

Belfast Weekly News, 25 April 1912, Belfast and the disaster

Link and cite this biography

(2018) Ennis Hastings Watson Encyclopedia Titanica (ref: #590, updated 17th March 2018 07:52:00 AM)

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