Mr Boylett Herbert Jupe,1 was born at 3 Castle Square, Southampton, Hampshire, England on 6 May 1881.
He was the youngest son of Charles Jupe (b. 1844), a whitesmith, and Elizabeth Roberts Collins (b. 1840), both Hampshire natives from Winchester and Overton, respectively who had married in 1865. The couple lived at different locations around Hampshire prior to Herbert's birth, including Winchester and Romsey, settling in Southampton around 1876.
One of seven surviving children born to his parents (from a total of nine), Jupe's siblings were: Alfred (1862-1944), Eliza Jane (b. 1866, later Mrs Frederick James Churcher), Charles (1868-1933), Thomas (1870-1947), Henrietta (1872-1957, later Mrs Alfred Rutter then Mrs Edward House) and Ada (b. 1876, later Mrs Frederick William Witt).
Bert or Bertie, as he was known, appears on the 1891 census residing with his family at 3 Lansdown Hill, All Saints, Southampton. The 1901 census shows that he is the last remaining child at home, he and his parents by now living at 43 Somerset Road, Portswood. He was then described as an electrician's apprentice.
Jupe served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Lankester & Co. of Southampton and then worked for eighteen months with the London & South Western Railway Co. followed by three years with the Southampton Cold Storage Co. He joined the White Star Line in August 1908 as an assistant electrician aboard the Majestic and would go on to serve aboard the Teutonic and Adriatic before joining the Olympic in Belfast.
He and his parents appeared on the 1911 census living at 74 Bullar Road, Bitterne Park, Southampton and he was described as an unmarried ship's electrician. He would give this address when he signed on for Titanic's maiden voyage on 6 April 1912 and stated his previous ship as the Olympic. As an assistant electrician, he would earn monthly wages of £8. Reportedly a talented amateur musician and proficient on the ukulele, he is reputed to have played for Queen Victoria. He always took his ukulele to sea with him and it would have been in his cabin on the Titanic.
Jupe died in the sinking and his body was recovered from the Atlantic (#73) by the MacKay Bennett and was subsequently buried at sea.
NO. 73. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 35. - HAIR, DARK.
CLOTHING - Uniform jacket; brown boiler suit; black boots; flannel singlet; black socks.
EFFECTS - Silver watch; handkerchief marked "H. J." ENGINEER.
After the disaster Herbert's parents sought to recover the effects that were found upon his body (spelling and grammar uncorrected):
I have been informed by Mr F. Blake Superintendent Engineer of the White Star line, Trafalgar Chambers on the 10th that the body of my Beloved Son Herbert Jupe which was the Electrical Engineer No. 3 on the Ill Fatted Titanic has been recovered and Burried at Sea by the Cable Steamer "Mackay-Bennett" and that his Silver Watch and Handkerchief marked H.J. is in your possession. he bought him half of the same when he was at Belfast with the R.M.S. Olympic to have a new blade put to one of Her Perpellors.
We are extreemly oblidged for all your kindness to my Precious Boy. He was not Married and was the Love of our Hearts and he Loved his Home. But God gave and God has taken him.
Blessed be the Name of the Lord. He has left an aceing Void in our Home which cannot be filled.
Please send along the Watche and Handkerchief marked H.J.
Herbert is named with other members of the Titanic's Engineering crew members on the following memorials, including: the Southampton Engineers Memorial, East Park Southampton; Glasgow Institute of Marine Engineers Memorial; Liverpool Titanic and Merchant Navy Engineers Memorial; and the Liverpool Church of St Faith Memorial to the memory of the Chief Engineer and his Engine room staff.
Herbert's elderly parents remained in Southampton; his father died in 1922 and his mother the following year.