Mr Mark Victor Middleton

Mark Victor Middleton was born in Ash, Martock, Somerset, England in late 1887. His birth was registered in Yeovil in the first quarter of 1888 and he was baptised on 1 January 1888 in Ash Chapelry, Ash.

Mark was the son of William Augustine Middleton (b. 1852), a stone mason, and Harriet Shumarck (b. 1855). His father was native to Martock and his mother from Tintinhull, Somerset and they had married in 1873, producing eleven children, with nine living past infancy. Their known children were: George (b. 1875), Naomie (b. 1876), Albert Edward (b. 1879), Thomas (b. 1881), William Arthur (b. 1883), Ephraim (b. 1884), Mark (b. 1887), Rosa Kate (b. 1889), Florence Annie (b. 1890) and Henry Charles (b. 1893).

Mark first appears on the 1891 census living at an unspecified address in Ash, his father now being described as a jobbing mason and his mother as a glove maker. The family address is given as 89 Bristol Road, Bridgewater, Somerset on the 1901 census and his father was now described as an agent for an assurance company. Mark, aged 13, had already left school and was working as a domestic servant. Between that time and the 1911 census the family shifted from Somerset to London and appear living at 48 Felsham Road, Putney, London SW. Mark was described as an unmarried care taker at a technical institute whilst his father was unemployed.

When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, Mark gave his address as 48 Felsham Road, Putney, S.W., (London). The Titanic was his first ship. As a second class steward he received monthly wages of £3 15s.

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

His parents continued to live in London, his father passing away in 1927 followed by his mother in 1931.

Gavin Bell, UK

References and Sources
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
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