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Harry James Smither

Harry James Smither
Harry James Smither

Harry James Smither was born on 13 November 1889 in Kilburn, Middlesex, England.

He was the son of Harry James Smither (1857-1930), a police constable, and Louisa Bergin (1857-1930). His father originated in Hampshire and his mother in Paddington, London and they had married in Hampshire in 1882.

Harry was one of six children, his siblings being: Archibald (1883-1950), Gertrude (1884-1963), Elizabeth (b. 1887), Maud (b. 1892) and Clara (b. 1894).
He first appears on the 1891 census and at that time he and his family were living at 7 Dennington (?) Park Road, Hampstead, London. When he was enrolled as a pupil to the Netherwood Street School on 1 July 1897 the family address was 20 St George's Road.

 The Smither family would be listed as living at 2 St George's Road, Hampstead at the time of the 1901 census when young Harry was still listed as a schoolboy. When the 1911 census was conducted Harry and his family were listed at 1 St Bernard, Ashtree Road, Bitterne Park, Southampton; Harry was then described as a stoker at a stationary engine.

Harry was married in Southampton in late-1911 to Daisy Farmer (b. 1894 in Eastleigh, Hampshire) and they had a daughter named Louisa Mary shortly after.

When Harry signed on to the Titanic, in Southampton on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as 1 Ashtree Road, Southampton. His previous ship had been the Oceanic and as a fireman he could expect to earn monthly wages of £6.

Harry Smither died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

His widow Daisy was remarried in 1914 to Walter Edmond George Whitlock (1891-1973) and had three more children, Harold, George and Bessie. She died in 1917 aged 23. 

What became Harry's daughter Louisa remains uncertain.

Harry is remembered on the family headstone in Old Common cemetery Southampton, section F191, plot 185. The headstone is in a bad state of repair.

Memorial Memorial
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Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr Harry James Smither
Age: 22 years 5 months and 2 days (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Married to Daisy Farmer
Last Residence: at 1 Ashtree Road Southampton, Hampshire, England
Occupation: Fireman
Last Ship: Oceanic
Embarked: Southampton on Saturday 6th April 1912
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Identified

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  1. Paul Hutchins

    Paul Hutchins said:

    Hi According to my family my great uncle Harry Smither, a fireman, was not suppose to be on the Titanic, but on the sister ship Olympia. It seems one of the firemen on the Titanic was takem ill and Harry took his place...... i have a collegue at work who said that her grand father, Mr Norton, was due to sail on the Titanic as a fireman in the engine room, but due to illnes was unable to under take the trip.. Does anyone one know of any connection?? Paul

  2. Bob Godfrey

    Bob Godfrey said:

    Hallo, Paul. Most of the firemen were signed on for the Titanic on 6 April, several days before the ship sailed. Harry Smither's signature appears with the others on that date, so he wasn't a late replacement for somebody else.

  3. Shelleywatts

    Shelleywatts said:

    Daisy farmer was my great grandmother she went on to marry for a... Read full post

  4. Mark Baber

    Mark Baber said:

    Ummm...who's Daisy Farmer?

  5. Arun Vajpey

    Arun Vajpey said:

    According to her records, she had one daughter named Louisa from Harry Smither, remarried a Walter Whitlock after Harry died... Read full post

  6. Shelleywatts

    Shelleywatts said:

    According to her records, she had one daughter named Louisa from Harry Smither, remarried a Walter Whitlock after Harry died on the Titanic, but herself... Read full post

  7. Shelleywatts

    Shelleywatts said:

    I will check but I think My mam said Louisa had one son and the records show someone from their side had been looking into my grandmother. Louisa would of been her half sister.

  8. Arun Vajpey

    Arun Vajpey said:

    Harry Smither's wife was certainly Daisy Farmer and in 1911 they had Louisa Smither between them. I assume that Daisy... Read full post

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