Mr James Keegan

Mr James Keegan, 38, was born in Liverpool.

He was married to Alice Maud (?Macey, ?Durnil)1,2 and had four children: Joseph John Keegan (born 1904), Lawrence Keegan (born 1906), Sidney Francis (born 1908) and Alice (born 1910) all born in Southampton.3,4

He signed-on to the Titanic on 6 April 1912 with a cross as he could not write. His address was given as 2 West Place, Southampton. His previous ship was the Olympic. His wages were £6 10s per month.

Keegan died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.

His family received financial relief from the Mansion House Fund.

His widow Alice struggled in the years following the disaster and in 1918 was imprisoned for neglect of her children.

She is believed to have died in 1955 on the Isle of Wight.


  1. There is a marriage between an Alice Maud Macey and a James Keegan listed in 1901 in Southampton.
  2. Her surname sometimes given as 'Durnil'... it may be a mistranscription of Dunhill, however, the identity has yet to be established.
  3. The 1911 census indicates that Alice had had two additional children that had died.
  4. Lawrence Keegan emigrated to the United States and died there in 1972.

Articles and Stories

Hampshire Advertiser (1918) 

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References and Sources

Crew Particulars of Engagement
United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List
1911 Census
Search archive British newspapers online

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(2020) James Keegan Encyclopedia Titanica (ref: #1544, updated 13th January 2020 20:02:42 PM)