Mr John Edward Puzey

Mr John Edward, "Jack" Puzey, was born in London, England on 28 February 1868, later being baptised in St Giles' Church in the City on 22 March that same year.

He was the son of Nathaniel Thomas Puzey (1839-1884), a marine fireman, and Rosetta Arkell (1839-1908), both Middlesex-natives who had married in London in 1863.

He had seven known siblings: Rosetta Emily (b. 1864), Henry Nathaniel (b. 1866), Julia Beatrice (b. 1870), Nathaniel Joseph (b. 1872), Mary Selina (b. 1875), William (b. 1881) and Alice Catherine Mildred (b. 1885).

John and his family are listed on the 1881 census living at 18 Buxton Street, Clerkenwell, Middlesex. His father died in 1884, whilst his mother was pregnant. She remarried in 1890 to William Henry Gregory (b. 1850 in Lambeth, Surrey), a bricklayer and she later lived in Windsor, Berkshire before her death in 1908 in Bradford, Yorkshire.

In 1886 John joined the British Army and served with the Dragoon Guards. He was married in Wiltshire in 1896 to Rose Stone (b. 1873 in Chirton, Wiltshire) and the couple would have two children, both sons; Frank (b. 1895) and William John (b. 1901). 

There would be no sign of John on the 1901 census, he perhaps being at sea, but his wife and first son Frank were listed as living at 41 Tory (?) Road, St Denys, Southampton. John would again be absent from the 1911 census, his wife and children by then living at 61 Manor Road, Itchen, his son Frank being described as an apprentice billiard maker.

John Puzey signed on to the Titanic on 4 April 1912; he gave his address as 61 Manor Road, Itchen and his previous ship as the Majestic. As a steward he could expect to earn monthly wages of £3, 15s. Also serving aboard was an in-law Walter Boothby; John's brother-in-law William Stone was married to Boothby's sister Ada.

John Puzey was lost in the disaster and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

The following memorial appeared for both Puzey and Boothby in the Portsmouth Evening News on 14 April 1913:

BOOTHBY AND PUZEY--In loving memory of our dear brothers, Walter and Jack, who was drowned in the terrible Titanic disaster, April 14th, 1912. Sadly missed by Ada and Will.

His widow Rose was remarried twice, firstly in 1915 to John Shearing (1857-1923) and secondly to James P. Jack (1881-1955). She died in Southampton in 1938. His son William died in New Forest in 1979. His son Frank also went on to serve in the Merchant service but what became of him is not certain. 


Sometimes listed as Pusey.

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References and Sources

Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Portsmouth Evening News, 14 April 1913
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