Mr Florence Donoghue (Frank)

Mr Florence "Frank" Thomas O'Donoghue (Bedroom steward) 1 was born in Killarney, Co Kerry, Ireland on 28 October 1880, and was baptised on 30 October 1880.

He was the son of Timothy O'Donoghue (b. 1855), a tram conductor originally from Co Kerry, and Margaret, née Mora (b. 1856), a native of Queen's County (modern-day Co Laois). The family had seemingly settled in Liverpool not long after his birth, perhaps around 1882, and his parents went on to have six children in that city: James (b. 1885), Margaret (b. 1887), Anne "Nance" (b. 1889), Nora (b. 1893), Emily Bridget (b. 1895) and Winifred Ellen (b. 1903).

The 1891 and 1901 census records show the family living at 10 Beeston Street (?), Kirkdale, Liverpool but Florence would be absent from the later record. When the 1911 census was conducted his widowed father and his siblings were residents of 62 Margaret Road, Walton and his elder sisters Margaret and Annie were both described as school teachers.

He married Annie Furlong, on 3 June 1900, at Saint James Church, Bootle, West Derby, Lancashire and had a son (born circa 1906). Since 1911 he, his wife and son had been living in the USA, precisely where is unknown.

When O'Donoghue signed on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, he gave his age as 35, birthplace as Liverpool and his local address as 60 Ludlow Road, Southampton. His previous ship had been the Olympic and as a bedroom steward he could expect monthly wages of £3, 15s.

O'Donoghue died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

The American Red Cross report in 1913 stated that O'Donoghue's wife and son had been residents in the USA for two years. Following his demise on Titanic his widow and son returned to England to benefit from compensation from the British Workmen's Compensation Act and she was awarded £300; they returned to the USA aboard Cedric on 17 October 1912. Annie was unwilling to return to relatives in Liverpool permanently as there were more opportunities in America. She later worked as a domestic to support herself and her son and they later benefitted from $81 of American relief funds. What became of Annie and her son is not known.

Gavin Bell
Parker Moore

Sometimes listed as Francis Joseph Donoghue. Listed as O'Donoghue on early census records, it was not uncommon for the "O'" prefix to be dropped among Irish ex-patriots. Florence is rare, but not unheard of, as a boy's name in Ireland.
References and Sources
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Particulars of Engagement (Belfast), Ulster Folk and Transport Museum (TRANS 2A/45 381)
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