Mr Francis James Young

Francis James Young

Francis James Young was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England 1 on 14 November 1879. He was the son of Francis Young (b. 1857), a seaman, and Mary Louisa Newman (b. 1858), natives of Southampton who had married in 1878.

Francis' father is absent and at sea when he and his mother are recorded on the 1881 census living at 8 Church Street, St Mary, Southampton.

Francis, known as Frank, was married in early 1901 to Amy White (b. 1879 in Southampton). Amy would be listed as a freshly-married lodger on the 1901 census, living at 18 Belvedere Terrace in Southampton, Frank absent and likely at sea.

The couple would go on to have four daughters: Amy Beatrice Maud (1903-1981, later Mrs William Lanham), Elsie May (1905-1995, later Mrs Robert Haynes), Ellen Meta (1908-1922) and Violet Blanche (b. 1911). The family are listed on the 1911 census at 28 Russell Street, Southampton and Frank is described as a ship's fireman.

When Frank signed on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as 28 Russell Street, (Southampton) and his previous ship as the Orotava. As a fireman he could expect to earn monthly wages of £6.

Frank Young was lost in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.

His widow Amy was apparently remarried but what became of her is uncertain.

Francis is remembered on the Titanic memorial board formerly at St. Augustine's Church, Southampton; now in the safekeeping of the Southampton Maritime Museum.


It is frequently reported that Francis Young was born in Castlebar, Co Mayo, Ireland.

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  1. MARION MURRAY said:

    Has anyone any information regarding this man. I believe he may have been my great uncle. the only information I have at the moment is that he was 30 years old at the time and he lived at 28 Russell Street, Southampton. his sister (my nan) was Ethel Young. i have seen a message from Pamela Young (posted last year) - please contact me to discuss information.

  2. MARION MURRAY said:

    PAMELA YOUNG Please get in touch with me regarding Francis James Young, (fireman) as I believe I may be related as well.

  3. MARION MURRAY said:

    Does anyone know where Francis James Young, fireman on the Titanic, is buried?

  4. Chris Dohany said:

    Francis Young's body was never recovered, or at least if he was he wasn't identified. I don't know if he has a memorial "grave," or is named on a family member's stone, but that's always a possibility.

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Trevor Baxter, UK
Gavin Bell, UK
Chris Dohany, USA

References and Sources

Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Hermann Söldner (ed.) (2000) RMS Titanic: Passenger and Crew List 10 April 1912-15 April 1912. ä wie Ärger Verlag.
United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List
Search archive British newspapers online

Link and cite this biography

Encyclopedia Titanica (2014) Francis James Young (ref: #1709, last updated: 22nd February 2014, accessed 8th August 2020 18:14:09 PM)