Mr James Adamson Toshack

Mr James Adamson Toshack1, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on 27 November 1881. He was the son of James Adamson Toshack (b. 1851), an iron turner, and Mary Murray (b. 1855).

His father was native to Lasswade near Edinburgh, Midlothian and his mother was from Dumfries, Dumfriesshire and they had married around 1878, producing two children of whom James was the only survivor. The family possibly settled in Liverpool in the 1880s but their whereabouts around this time is uncertain.

James was married in West Derby, Liverpool in late 1909 to Phoebe Jones (b. 1885), a native of Liverpool, but they would have no children.

The couple appear on the 1911 census as lodgers living at Brae Burn, 23 Hanley Road, Southampton, the home of Titanic crewmen Arthur and Benjamin McMicken. James is described as a steward but his birthplace is erroneously listed as Bootle (Lancashire).

When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as 103 Malmesbury Road, (Southampton). His last ship had been the Olympic. As a saloon steward he received monthly wages of £3 15s.

Toshack died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified. The following death notice appeared in the Southern Daily Echo (28 April 1912):

TOSHACK--April 15th, at sea, in the disaster of the Titanic, James Toshack, 30, dearly beloved husband of Phoebe Toshack, of 103 Malmesbury-road, Southampton. Sadly missed by his sorrowing wife. "Safe in the arms of Jesus."

His widow Phoebe was remarried in early 1913 to John R. Parker. She died in Liverpool in 1936.


  1. His name was given as James Addison Toshack in his marriage record.

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References and Sources

Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Hermann Söldner (ed.) (2000) RMS Titanic: Passenger and Crew List 10 April 1912-15 April 1912. ä wie Ärger Verlag.
United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List
Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950
Search archive British newspapers online

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