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Henry Parkinson Hill

Mr Henry Parkinson Hill was born in Brixton, London, England in the latter half of 1875.

He was the youngest surviving child of Joseph Tripp Hill (1835-1918), an electrician and telegraph engineer, and Elizabeth Butler Moss (b. 1836), natives of Sussex and Liverpool, respectively who had married in 1859.

He had eight known siblings: Ann Wood (b. 1860), Eleanor Hague (b. 1861), Elizabeth Butler (b. 1863), Edward Butler (b. 1865), George Musgrave (b. 1866), Mary Brandon (b. 1869), Joseph Anderton (b. 1870) and Thomas Butler (b. 1874).

Hill's parents had made their home in Liverpool until the end of the 1860s before resettling in London, initially Hackney. The family appear on the 1881 census living at Fernbank in Belvoir Road, Camberwell and are still on this road by the time of the 1891 census. At the time of the 1901 census the family home is 2 Belle Vue on Staines Road, Heston, Middlesex but Henry is absent and his whereabouts at the time are unknown.

He was married in St Botolph's in Aldgate, London on 2 April 1903 to Florence Isabella Baxter (b. 3 March 1882) and was then described as a jeweller. Their only children, twin daughters Florence Jessie and Eleanor Annie were born in Staines on 6 April 1905.

How long Henry continued in the profession of a jeweller is not certain; the family appear on the 1911 census living at 66 Upper Richmond Road in East Sheen, Mortlake, Surrey but he is absent and his whereabouts unknown. There has been suggestion that Henry abandoned his wife and children and went to sea but when is not clear.

When he signed-on to the Titanic on 4 April 1912 Hill gave his birthplace as Liverpool and local address as 66 Oxford Street, Southampton. His previous ship had been the Olympic and as a third class steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s.

Henry Parkinson Hill died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

What became of Henry's widow Florence following the disaster is not clear.

His daughter Eleanor never married and died in Amersham, Buckinghamshire on 27 July 1976.

His daughter Florence later worked as a mathematics teacher and was married in 1937 to Alan Alfred East (1901-1953); her second marriage, at the age of 89, was to Robert Alexander Edward (1918-1999). She remained active in later years, talking to school groups and travelling widely even into well-advanced years. She died on 3 November 2007 aged 102.

References and Sources

Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
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  1. Mike Royds

    I have come across an interesting article with regard to Henry Parkinson Hill, he was a Freemason, article on pages 36,37,38

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Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr Henry Parkinson Hill
Age: 37 years (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Married to Florence Isabella Baxter
Last Residence: at 66 Oxford Street Southampton, Hampshire, England
Occupation: Steward
Last Ship: Olympic
Embarked: Southampton on Thursday 4th April 1912
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Recovered

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