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Harry Robert Stubbings

Second Class Cook

Mr Harry Robert Stubbings was born in Hordle, a village near Lymington, Hampshire, England in early 1881, later being baptised on 3 April that same year in Hordle Church.

He was the son of John Stubbings (b. 1833), a gardener, and Martha Brown (b. 1849), both natives of Rockbourne, Hampshire who had married in 1872. His father had previously been married in early 1868 to Sarah Roberts (b. 1834) but the marriage lasted only months when Sarah died during childbirth with their daughter Mabel Mary (b. 1868) in the summer of that year.

Harry had four direct siblings: Rosa Mary (b. 1873), Laura Emma (b. 1875), Florence Katharine (b. 1877) and Alfred John (b. 1878).

Harry first appears on the 1881 census living with his family in a private house in Hordle, living at Arnewood Towers Road in Hordle by the time of the 1891 census. The family were living in North Cottage in Lymington by the time of the 1901 census but Harry was not listed there and was recorded elsewhere, working as a domestic groom and lodging at 17 St Mary's Road, Southampton. He was shown on the 1911 census, then described as a seaman, and lodging at 5 Gordon Avenue, Portswood, Southampton, the home of Titanic larder cook William Slight and his family.

Stubbings was on board the Titanic for her delivery trip from Belfast to Southampton. When he signed-on again, in Southampton, on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as 144 Onslow Road, (Southampton). His last ship had been the Olympic and second class cook he received monthly wages of £7, 10s.

Stubbings, who was unmarried, died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

His father received financial aid of 3s 6d from the Titanic relief fund and soon became a widower when Harry's mother Martha died only two months after the loss of her son (on 31 June 1912). His father later died on 29 January 1916.

Harry is remembered on his parents' headstone in Lymington Cemetery, New Forest, Hampshire, England.

References and Sources

Hordle Parish Baptism Register, 1881

Documents and Certificates

1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 Census (England)
Agreement and Account of Crew, National Archives, London; BT100/259
Mansion House Titanic Relief Fund Booklets and Minute Books, London Metropolitan Archives (COL/MH/AD/06/009)
Titanic Crew Particulars of Engagement (Belfast), Ulster Folk and Transport Museum (TRANS 2A/45 381)
(1912) Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths of Passengers and Seamen at Sea, National Archives, London; BT334/52 & 334/53
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  1. tukanpilot

    Here’s an amazing story of how it’s a small world, My family moved to San Diego, Ca in 1968 from Fargo, ND. My father was a San Diego police officer. In 1980 my father was investigating a crime in La Jolla (a very wealthy part of San Diego) of a woman that was having a wall built in front of her home. While in the shower the person building the wall came into her house and tried to rape her. She was almost killed when she was beaten with a pipe. The person fled to Mexico and was never caught. My father met this woman in the hospital. Well apparently my father fell in love with her and he left our family and ran off and married her. And when I say “ran off and married her” he literally ran off, I mean I came home from school and his clothes were gone, his tools were gone, etc. To say the least my mother, my sister and myself were all devastated. Years later, my sister and I met my stepmother. Her name is Sheila Stubbings. She is a very nice women. I love her very much. ... Read full post
  2. David Stubbings

    David Stubbings

    Harry Robert Stubbings was my great uncle I wish to have more information. Can we contact each other via e-mail, my address is . By the way my father was born in Southampton, England and I am from Malta.
  3. tukanpilot

    Sorry I got the name wrong Sheila Stebbings not Stubbings.
  4. tukanpilot

    Sorry in my storie I got the name wrong (it was all new to me) .My stepmoother is Sheila Ann Stebbings Dahl
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Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr Harry Robert Stubbings
Age: 31 years (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Single
Last Residence: at 144 Onslow Road Southampton, Hampshire, England
Occupation: 2nd. Class Cook
Last Ship: Olympic
Embarked: Belfast on Monday 1st April 1912
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Identified

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