Mr Henry Herman Finch

Mr Henry Herman "Harry" Finch was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England on 8 May 1893.

He was the son of Alfred Finch (b. 1831), a dock engineer, and Eliza Alice Kindler (b. 1863).

His father Alfred hailed from Lockerley, Hampshire and had been married in Southampton in 1877 to Charlotte Whale (b. 1854) and had three children: Charlotte Rose (1879-1954) and Alfred William (1880-1956) and Alice Elizabeth (b. 1887). Charlotte died in 1889 and it seems her two eldest children were raised by her elderly mother, also called Charlotte.

Alfred Finch later became involved with another woman, Eliza Alice Kindler, a laundress and former London native who was raised in Southampton. They were married in 1891 and had their only child Harry in 1893. Alfred Finch died in early 1899 and by the time of the 1901 census his wife Alice had been admitted to a female convalescent home in Brighton and her son Harry and step-daughter Alice were listed as pauper inmates at different workhouses, Alice at South Stoneham Union Workhouse and Harry at Southampton Incorporation Workhouse.

There is no sign of Harry on the 1911 census, perhaps indicating that he had already commenced his career at sea. By that time his mother was listed as an inmate at the Portsmouth Borough Lunatic Asylum. Also an inmate there was his grandfather, Louis George Kindler (1863-1917).

When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as 32 French Street, (Southampton). His last ship had been the Philadelphia and as a third class steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s. Also aboard was his maternal uncle by marriage, John Brown Niven (aka J. McGregor), a fireman. Niven was married to his mother's sister Louisa Lillian Kindler.

Harry Finch, like his uncle John Niven, died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.

The following death notice appeared in The Hampshire Independent (4 May 1912):

FINCH--Harry, Deeply mourned by his many friends.

His mother never left the Portsmouth Borough Lunatic Asylum and she died there in the latter months of 1917, not long after the death of her father, also in that establishment.


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