Mr Harry Bartram Faunthorpe

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).


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.


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.


  1. Her sister, Mary Ann, was married to Lincolnshire-born prison officer George William Sergeant (1880-1942) in 1900 but she died less than a year later; Florence was married to him in Doncaster in 1903. 

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Trevor Baxter, UK
Gavin Bell, UK
Peter Engberg, Sweden
Hermann Söldner, Germany
Andrew Williams, UK
Mount Peace Cemetery, Philadelphia

References and Sources

Record of Bodies and Effects: Passengers and Crew, S.S. Titanic (Public Archives of Nova Scotia) (#286)
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279]).
Marriages, births, deaths and injuries that have occurred on board during the voyage (PRO London, BT 100/259-260)
Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
Search archive British newspapers online

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