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Henry Rudd

(Chris Dohany, USA)

Henry Rudd was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England in early 1888 and his birth was registered in the first quarter of that year. He was the son of William George Rudd (1850-1902) and Rose Alice Sealy (1859-?), Southampton-natives who had married in 1879.

Henry was one of nine children and his siblings were: William Albert (b. 1880), Rose Alice (b. 1883), Florence Jane (b. 1885), George (b. 1891), John Alfred (b. 1894), Annie Margaret (b. 1896), Emma (b. 1898) and Lily (b. 1902).

Henry first appears on the 1891 census living at 39 Coleman Street, St Mary, Southampton and his father was described as a seaman. They have moved to 6 Houndwell Place by the time of the following census.

Henry's father died in 1902 aged 52 which coincided with the birth of his youngest sibling Lily. His mother apparently remarried, becoming Mrs Blake, but there is no record for such a marriage. Henry is absent from the 1911 census, perhaps already at sea, but his mother and siblings are by now living at 20 Peel Street, Southampton.

When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, Henry gave his address as 20 Chapel Street, (Southampton), the home address of a Mr and Mrs William Green. His last ship had been the Oceanic. As a storekeeper he received monthly wages of £6.

Henry Rudd died in the sinking. His body was not positively identified for many years but was almost certainly that recovered by the Mackay-Bennett (#86) and buried at sea.


CLOTHING - Blue serge jacket and trousers; singlet.


EFFECTS - Padlock; knife; keys marked "Engineer's Storekeeper"; 2 shillings.


His mother's further whereabouts are unclear, but she is thought to have died in Hampshire in the early 1920s.

Henry is remembered in Southampton after a street was named after him; Rudd Way still there today.

References and Sources

Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Michael A. Findlay & Brian R. Meister (1991) A Guide to the Halifax Cemeteries. Titanic International Inc.
White Star Line (1912) Disposition of Bodies ex Titanic Recovered up to May 13, 1912. Public Archives of Nova Scotia
Record of Bodies and Effects (Passengers and Crew S.S. "Titanic") Recovered by Cable Steamer "MacKay Bennett" Including Bodies Buried at Sea and Bodies Delivered at Morgue in Halifax, N.S.
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  1. Arthur Merchant

    I happened upon the photo on this site of Paul Rudd the actor meeting survivor Louis Laroche. At first I thought how nice and then I realized the Rudd name rang a bell with me in relation to the Titanic itself. Sure enough there was a Storekeeper Henry Rudd. Does anyone know if Paul Rudd has a family connection to this crewman? I see a slight resemblence in crewman Rudd's picture.

  2. Geoff Whitfield

    Arthur, I'm afraid not, I know both Paul and his father, Mike, and their name has been shortened from its original version.

  3. John Clifford

    Paul's father, Mike, was involved in organizing many of the THS Tours and Events. He now runs a Kansas City Travel Agency, and organizes other tours. It was Mike who arranged the Queen Mary 2 Excursion for Jason and me.

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Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr Henry Rudd
Age: 24 years (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Single
Last Ship: Oceanic
Embarked: Southampton on Saturday 6th April 1912
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body recovered by: Mackay-Bennett (No. 86)
Buried at Sea

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