Herbert Henry Thompson was born in Bootle, Lancashire, England in the second half of 1887. His father was John Thompson (born in 1829 in Scotland), a master stevedore, and his mother the former Alice Mary Ann Harrison, née Bibby (born 1849 in Liverpool) who were married in St Martin in the Fields Church, Liverpool on 18 December 1877.
Herbert had one known sibling, Ethel Louise, who was born in 1883. His father had previously been married and had at least one son named Henry. His mother had also had a previous marriage to John Harrison, a saddler and had at least three children; Samuel, Alice and John.
Herbert and his family first appear on the 1891 census whilst living at 33 Oregon Street, Bootle and they have moved to 12 Kemen (?) Terrace by the time of the 1901 census. His father passed away the following year in 1902 and his widowed mother appears on the 1911 census living at 59 Peel Road, Bootle. Herbert himself is listed as a boarder at 9 Greville Road, Southampton, the home of the Berry family, and he was described as a ship's storekeeper. At that time he was unmarried.
Herbert was married in St Leonard's Church, Bootle on 4 February 1912 to Hilda Chester (b. 1882 in Walton, Liverpool, daughter of Charles and Annie Chester), a Liverpudlian who was also living and working in Southampton, as per the 1911 census, as a dressmaker. The couple would have no children.
Thompson initially joined the Titanic in Belfast for the delivery trip to Southampton. When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as "Eastwood," Lumsden Avenue, Southampton. As a storekeeper he received monthly wages of £4 5s. His last ship had been the Oceanic and he had also served aboard the Olympic during his career.
Thompson died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified. The following death notice appeared in the Hampshire Independent (unknown date):
THOMPSON--April 15th, on the s.s. "Titanic," Herbert Henry aged 25, the dearly beloved husband of Hilda Thompson (nee Chester), of "Eastwood," Lumsden Avenue. Deeply mourned by his sorrowing wife. "Peace, perfect Peace."
What became of Herbert's widow Hilda isn't clear, but she may have relocated to her native Liverpool.
References and SourcesParticulars of Engagement (Belfast), Ulster Folk and Transport Museum (TRANS 2A/45 381)
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)