Mr Henry Wittman

Henry Wittman 1 was born in Vienna, Austria around 1873.

When Henry 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. He was described as a naturalised citizen.

Henry was married in Liverpool in mid-1902 to Amelia "Amy" Small (b. 26 November 1880 in Liverpool, daughter of Thomas and Sarah Small). They initially settled in the Birkenhead area of Cheshire where their first three children were born and moved to Southampton sometime around 1909. The couple would have four children: Amy Hilda (b. 27 March 1903), Ronald Henry (b. 1905), Arthur Robert (b. 1907) and Ernald Thomas (b. 1 October 1910).

The family 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, Henry gave his address as 12 Richmond Road, (Southampton) 2. He had transferred from the Olympic. As a bedroom steward he received monthly wages of £3 15s.

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

© Bill Fowler, Canada.

His widow Amelia never remarried and remained in Southampton, later living at 90 Cedar Road. She died on 12 February 1955 aged 74. 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.

Gavin Bell, UK

  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.
  2. Whilst the signing on sheets clearly state Richmond Road, is it possible that they meant 12 Richville Road, his 1911 address?
References and Sources
Record of Bodies and Effects: Passengers and Crew, S.S. Titanic (#315)
Crew Particulars of Engagement, Public Record Office (BT100/259)
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