Mr Hugh Calderwood is believed to have been born in Belfast, Ireland around 1879.1
Coming from a Presbyterian family, he was the son of Matilda Calderwood (b. circa 1854 in Co Antrim). He had a brother named Smyth (1884-1904).
His widowed mother, a linen spinner, and unmarried brother Smyth, a general labourer, appear on the 1901 Irish census living at 7 Reid's Place in Woodvale, Belfast. By the time of the 1911 census his mother is listed alone at 6 Cargill Court in the Smithfield area of Belfast.
Hugh was aboard Titanic for the delivery trip from Belfast to Southampton. When he signed on for the maiden voyage in Southampton on 6 April 1912 he gave his local address as the Seaman's Home in that city. The Titanic was his first ship and as a trimmer, he could expect monthly wages of £5, 10s.
Hugh Calderwood died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.
Calderwood, Applicant; Ismay, Imrie & Co., Limited, Respondents
Matilda Calderwood brought a request for arbitration and apportionment, and the respondents were Messrs Ismay, Imrie & Co., Limited.
Mr Campbell (instructed by Messrs Donnelly & Co), who represented the applicant, said it was another Titanic case. The deceased man had been a trimmer, and was his mother's only support.
His Honour asked if all had been served with notice of these proceedings who might likely be dependents.
Mr Campbell said the only dependent was the applicant.
His Honour said he would let the case stand until other relatives had been served with notice. He did not want to run the risk of some of them turning up subsequently. - Northern Whig, 22 June 1912
LOST ON THE TITANIC
BELFAST COMPENSATION CLAIMS
AWARDS TO THREE FAMILIES
At the Belfast Recorder's Court, before his Honour, Judge J. Walker Craig
... Matilda Calderwood, 6 Cargill Street, was also the applicant in a request for arbitration and appointment. She was the mother of Hugh Calderwood, who was employed as a trimmer on the Titanic at the time of the disaster. A sum of £222, 4s had been lodged in court by Messrs Ismay & Co, Ltd, and this sum had been accepted.
The matter was allowed to stand over for formal evidence... - Larne Times, 29 June 1912
Matilda Calderwood died in a Belfast infirmary on 29 June 1913; she was buried in Belfast's City Cemetery.