John Henry Chorley was born in Chatham, Kent, England in 1887 and his birth was registered in Medway in the June quarter of that year. He was the son of Charles Chorley (b. 1865) and Emily Blow (b. 1868) who had married in 1884 in Kent. His father hailed from Bridgewater, Dorset and his mother from Chatham.
As per the 1891 census, John had two siblings: Albert Charles (b. 1885) and Daisy Winifred (b. 1888). At that time he and his family were residing at 6 Kingsfield Road, All Saints, Southampton and his father was described as a timber carter. Neither he, his mother or brother Albert are present on the 1901 census, but his father, sister Daisy and two additional siblings, Clara Sabina (b. 1892) and Lucy Elizabeth (b. 1898), are lodging at 28 Lower Back of Walls, Southampton and his father is described as a coal porter. His father died a year later in Southampton.
John does not appear on the 1911 census and several of his siblings are scattered as either servants or boarders at different Southampton addresses.
When he signed on to the Titanic he gave his address as 2 Regent Street, Southampton and his previous ship as the Highland Glen. As a fireman he could expect to earn monthly wages of £6.
John Chorley, who was unmarried, was lost in the Titanic disaster and his body, if recovered, was never identified.
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