Mr Harry Bartram Faunthorpe was born in Scotter, Lincolnshire, England on 30 October 1880.
He was the son of William Bartram Faunthorpe (b. 1844), a farmer, and Bethiana Ouzman (b. 1845), both natives of Lincolnshire who were married in 1866.
He had seven siblings: Joseph Arthur (1869-1929), Frederick William (1871-1955), Mary Ann (b. 1873, later Mrs George William Sergeant), Luther Ouzman (1876-1954), Florence Flavia1 (1877-1936, later Mrs George William Sergeant), Albert Ernest (1879-1955) and Marjorie Amelia (b. 1885, later Mrs Ernest Mitchell).
He first appears on the 1881 census living at High Street, Scotter, and his father was described as a farmer of 26 acres. The family appeared at the same address on the 1891 census. When Harry appeared on the 1901 census he was described as a grocer's assistant and living and working at an address in Bourne, Lincolnshire, Marke (?) Place.
The 1911 census shows Faunthorpe boarding at an address, 70 Park Street in Grimsby, and he was described as an unmarried furniture salesman. Reportedly a staunch Conservative, Faunthorpe worked at Bon Marche on Cleethorpe Road but left his post around December 1911 and ventured to Manchester; the contemporary press was under the impression that he was married there within the following months.
He boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a second class passenger (joint ticket number 2926 which had cost £26). Travelling with him was a married woman, his mistress Elizabeth "Lizzie" Anne Wilkinson who travelled as Mrs Faunthorpe; prior to joining Titanic, Lizzie lived in a childless marriage with her husband Samuel Wilkinson in Manchester. It was later reported that Harry and his "wife" had told other passengers that they were intending to honeymoon in California.
Harry Faunthorpe died in the sinking and his body was later recovered by the Mackay Bennett (#286).
NO. 286. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 36. DARK - HAIR. GOING BALD
CLOTHING - Green raincoat; grey coat and vest; blue pants; white waist coat with stripe; purple and green flannel shirt; brown drawers; black boots.
EFFECTS - 6 gold and diamond rings; sovereign case; £3 10s; George sovereign; spectacles; gold watch chain and seal; silver watch; silver chain; two knifes; papers; 12s. 6d. in silver; 1s. 2d. in copper.
PROBABLY SECOND CLASS NAME - HARRY FAUNTHORPE.
A SCOTTER PASSENGER
Mr Harry B. Faunthorpe, the youngest son of Mr W. and Mrs B. Faunthorpe, farmer, of Scotter, was a second-class passenger on board Titanic, and is reported as among the drowned.
Hull Daily Mail, 18 April 1912
Another local victim is believed to have been drowned in the Titanic disaster, at any rate he is reported missing amongst the list of the second-class passengers. He is Mr H. Faunthorpe, who was recently in the furnishing department of the Bon Marche, Cleethorpe-road. He left the Bon Marche four or five months ago, and went to Manchester, where he married, and amongst the lists of the rescued is a Mrs Lizzie Faunthorpe, presumably his wife.
He was thirty years of age, and was a native of Scotter, near Kirton Lindsey. An ardentConservsative, he was a shareholder in the New Cleethorpes Constitutional Club.
Hull Daily Mail, 20 April 1912
The body was forwarded to 'Mrs Faunthorpe', care of William Springfield, Philadelphia. He was buried at Mount Peace Cemetery in Philadelphia on 11 May 1912 in an unmarked grave in section N, lot 371, grave 2.
What became of his mistress Elizabeth Anne Wilkinson is not clear but it is believed she returned to England where she remained.
His parents lived out their lives in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. His mother died in 1918 and his father in 1925.
I HAVE RECENTLY DISCOVERED THAT MR.FAUNTHROPES BODY WAS FORWARDED TO HIS WIFE IN PHILADELPHIA. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT CEMETERY HE IS BURRIED IN?
Jenn: Another good question is which 'wife" his remains were sent to. Mike
how many wives did mr fauntrope have? does anyone know where he is burried?
Jenn: Phillip Gowan is one of the best sources for where anybody is buried. He's the one that has found most of the death certificates you see on the ET biographies. What I was getting at is that Elizabeth Anne Wilkinson was suppossedly his mistress and not his wife (sort of like Guggenheim's arrangement). I'm interested in this because my mother's parents were named Wilkinson (and good Catholics that they were, they'd be scandalized). Mike