Mr Henry Wittman

Mr Heinrich (Henry) Wittmann1 was born in Obernalb, Austria2 on 26 June 1873, the son of Henrich and Maria Wittmann. Other details about his early life remain unclear. 

When Wittmann arrived in England is not certain although he may have arrived as early as 1893. He first appears on the 1901 census as a member of waiting staff living at Leasowe Castle, Wallasey, Cheshire, then a hotel, and he was described as a naturalised citizen.

Heinrich, known as Henry in England, was married in Liverpool on 18 May 1902 to Amelia "Amy" Small (b. 26 November 1880 in Liverpool, daughter of Thomas and Sarah Small) and they had four children: Amy Hilda (b. 27 March 1903), Ronald Henry (b. 1905), Arthur Robert (b. 1907) and Ernald Thomas (b. 1 October 1910).

Henry and his wife initially settled in the Liscard area of where their first three children were born. By this time Henry was working at sea and was shown on numerous voyages aboard Cedric across 1903 and 1904; his ship prior to that had been the Celtic and his address on all records was given as 9 Burns (Barnes?) Road, Liscard. He was shown working aboard the Cedric with several other Titanic crew, including William McMurray.

He and his family moved to Southampton sometime around 1909; they are recorded on the 1911 census whilst living at 12 Richville Road, Shirley, Southampton and Henry was described as a ship's steward.

When he signed-on to the Titanic in Southampton on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as 12 Richmond Road, Southampton3. He had transferred from the Olympic and as a bedroom steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s.

Henry Wittmann died in the sinking; his body (#315) was recovered by the Montmagny and was buried at Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia on 10 May 1912.

Sex, Male.    Approximate age, 45, Black hair, tinged with grey, dark brown mustache; chest very hairy, weight about 160 lbs; height 5 ft 6 in.

Effects:    3/6, 1 dime 11 coppers; bunch of keys, tag marked First staterooms C95 to C127, and C104 to C148; key No. 198.

Possibly a steward.

Name: Withnarn, or Wilhnann or 

Buried in Fairview

His widow Amelia never remarried and remained in Southampton, later living at 90 Cedar Road where she died aged 74 on 12 February 1955. She had also weathered the loss of her son Arthur Robert in 1915 aged 8.

Henry's daughter Amy Hilda was married in 1939 to Percy Selwyn but it is unclear if she raised a family. When her mother died in 1955 she was described as a single woman. Amy died in Bournemouth, Hampshire in 1985.

Son Ronald Henry apparently never married and later became a carpenter. He died in 1968 in Winchester, Hampshire.

Son Ernald Thomas was married in Southampton in 1935 to Ada James and is known to have had at least one child. He later worked as a business representative and settled in Gloucestershire where he died in 1983.

© Bill Fowler, Canada.


  1. Name spelled as Whittman on 1901 census. His children's names would be registered as Wittmann. His marriage record and the 1911 census gives the spelling as Wittman. Birth was registered as "Wittmann"
  2. On all crew records from 1903 through 1912 he gave his birthplace as Vienna.
  3. Whilst the signing on sheets clearly state Richmond Road, is it possible that they meant 12 Richville Road, his 1911 address?

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  1. Terry Wittman said:

    Trying to figure out how to retrieve copies of obituaries posted in Southern Daily Echo (25/4/1912) and Hampshire Independent (27/4/1912) on Henry Wittman, (body #315), a 1st class bedroom steward. anyone have suggestions?

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Gavin Bell, UK

References and Sources

Record of Bodies and Effects: Passengers and Crew, S.S. Titanic (#315)
Crew Particulars of Engagement, Public Record Office (BT100/259)
Search archive British and Irish newspapers online

Link and cite this biography

Encyclopedia Titanica (2018) Henry Wittman (ref: #2199, last updated: 26th February 2018, accessed 30th September 2020 22:46:40 PM)