Mr Harold Reynolds was born in Lewisham, Kent, England in 1891 and his birth was registered in the second quarter of that year. He was the son of George Reynolds (1855-?) and Rachel Liddle (1858-1932), both Kent natives who had married in St Mary's Church, Lewisham on 24 September 1877. His father was described as a painter (house). They would live at times in Hampshire and Croydon before settling in Lewisham.
He was one of nine children born to his parents, his siblings being: Walter Sale (b. 1878), Maude (b. 1881), Burgess (b. 1882), George (b. 1884), Rachel Roslyn (b. 1886), John (b. 1887), Henry Arthur (b. 1893) and Stanley Jeffrey (b. 1896).
On the 1891 census a two-month-old Harold and his family were residing at 17 Wendale Road, Blackheath, London. The family have relocated to 37 Ladywell Park, Lewisham by the time of the 1901 census. By the time of the 1911 census the family are located at 10 Court Hill Road, Lewisham but Harold himself was not present.
Harold, now an unmarried baker, boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a third class passenger. His ticket (number 342684) had cost £8, 1s. He gave his address as 10 Court Hill Road, Lewisham and he was on his way to join a fellow baker in Toronto who had emigrated to Canada and who had prospered.
© Bill Fowler, Canada