Hugh Joseph Fitzpatrick was born in Barrow in Furness, Lancashire, England in 1883 1 and his birth was registered in the third quarter of that year. He was the son of Irish parents Hugh Fitzpatrick (b. 1847), an engine fitter (possibly with Harland & Wolff), and his wife Teresa Kerr (b. 1844), a dressmaker, both natives of Co Down, Ireland and who were married around 1870. His family moved to Lancashire around 1875, having had a brief spell living in Scotland, where his brother Daniel was born, and another spell in their native Ireland where his sister Ann was born.
One of eight children (two of whom died in infancy), Hugh grew up in a Roman Catholic household. His known siblings were: Daniel (b. 1874), Ann (b. 1876), Stephen (b. 1878), Catherine (b. 1881), John (b. 1887) and James (b. 1892).
On the 1881 census of England Hugh's family were resident at 16 Robert Street, Barrow in Furness. The family returned to Ireland around 1887 and settled in Belfast.
Hugh appears on the 1901 census of Ireland living with his family at 28 Brougham Street in the Dock Ward of Belfast City, aged 16, and described as an apprentice boilermaker.
Hugh served his apprenticeship with Harland & Wolff, Belfast and he joined the White Star Line around 1905. He had served previously on the Baltic and the Romanic before joining Titanic.
Hugh was married in Belfast in early 1910 to Margaret Daley (b. 1890 in Belfast). The couple had one son, Daniel Michael, later in the year2. The family appear on the 1911 census of Ireland living at 70 Nelson Street in Clifton, Belfast and Hugh is described as a boilermaker.
Having been among the crew who brought the Titanic over to Southampton from Belfast, when Hugh signed on to the Titanic, in Southampton on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as 169 Nelson Street, (Belfast). As the junior boilermaker Hugh could expect monthly wages of £11.
Hugh was lost in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified but he would be remembered on several memorials. His wife had been pregnant at the time of the disaster and on 10 October 1912 his daughter Rose was born.
Hugh's widow remarried to George Doyle and had seven more children.
She resettled in Warrenpoint, Co Down where she died in 1943. Her two children by Hugh Fitzpatrick both emigrated to Victoria, Australia, Daniel dying in 2001 and Rose in 1999 3.