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Percival Sharp

Mr Percival Frederick Sharp was born in Camberwell, Surrey, England on 18 December 1882 and baptised on 2 May the following year in All Saints Church in Deptford, Kent.

He was the son of Granville Sharp (b. 1854) and Emily Mylius (b. 1857), both natives of London who were married in Sunderland, Durham in 1879, and he had one known sibling, his elder brother Granville (b. 1880).

His family appear on the 1881 census living at 17 Vivian Road, Camberwell and his father was described as an unemployed Mate in the Merchant Service. His father later died in 1887 and by the time of the 1891 census Percival and his brother, their mother probably unable to cope with them financially, were inmates at St Mary's Orphange in North Hyde, Middlesex. Their mother died before the close of the year.

Percival's movements over the following years are uncertain. His brother Granville later worked as a manager of a brewery in Nottinghamshire before marrying Lois Muriel Ward (b. 1880) and settling in Hertfordshire where they raised a family. Percival, it seems, suffered from psychiatric problems and when he appeared on the 1911 census he was an inmate at London County Lunatic Asylum in Norwood, Middlesex and was described as an unmarried labourer aged 29 years.

He boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a second class passenger together with Henry James Beauchamp, travelling on joint ticket number 244358 which cost £26. His destination in the USA or reason for travelling is unknown and how he came to be acquainted with Mr Beauchamp is also a mystery.

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

His brother Granville remained in Hertfordshire for the rest of his life and died in 1939.


Previously listed here as : 'Percival James Sharp' but this is thought to be incorrect.  It is possible he was Percival Frederick Sharp, born 18 December 1882 in All Saints, Deptford (near/in London), baptised 2 May 1883, parents Granville and Emily Sharp (correction courtesy of Peter Engberg).

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  1. Julie Beauchamp

    Does anyone have any further information on this passenger? I have a copy of his bio which Jason kindly attached a link for me (thanks) but was wondering if anyone else had any further information?

  2. Lester Mitcham

    Hello Julie, There is a one line entry in the Titanic Relief Fund Mansion House booklet of March 1913 under: Cases in the London Area: Passenger Claim No 88. It reads Sharpe, dependant, Mother. Payment 35 pounds. While other 1912 documentation has Sharp, I note that the Contract Ticket List also has the spelling Sharpe, so it may be that that was the correct spelling.

  3. Julie Beauchamp

    Thanks Lester, I appreciate you looking into this. By chance, does it list the mothers name and any address? The reason I'm asking is that he "supposedely" travelled with my Great Grandfather (Henry James Beauchamp), I haven't been able to find any claim under his name and am trying to track back and see what the relationship was. I realize its clutching at straws but you never know

  4. Lester Mitcham

    Hello Julie, There are no other details. The booklet has 3 "Case" sections. 1] The country and area cases name the deceased Passenger or Crew member In the Passengers Weekly Allowances section the dependants are named. Their relationship is stated together with the amount. Again the deceased is not named. There is no "supposedly" about it. They travelled on... Read full post

  5. Julie Beauchamp

    Lester, thanks for making the picture a bit clearer!

  6. Judy Baacke

    i am a direct descendant of Percival I have always been fasticinated with the titanic disaster i am currently trrying to find out as much as possible about my relative i have learned more with this site about him than i ever have ever done before so thank you for that if anyone has information about him please contact me on facebook id love to know more and would love to see a picture of him ive never been able to find one

  7. Judy Baacke

    looking for any information on Percival was a relative would like to see a picture if one can be found

  8. Mrs Baker

    A message was posted on this website by Lester Mitcham on 27 April 2008 in reply to Julie Beauchamp (Henry James Beauchamp's granddaughter), as follows: "There is a one line entry in the Titanic Relief Fund Mansion House booklet of March 1913 under "Cases in the London area". Passenger claim No. 88 which reads "SHARPE, Dependant Mother, payment £35." If Percival Frederick Sharp's mother died in 1891, he would not have a dependant mother.

  9. Judy Baacke

    Looking 4 a picture of Percival a cousin on my late fathers side of family curious to what he looked like and also any information cause I'm trying to make my family tree anything helpful thank you very much

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Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mr Percival Sharp
Age: 29 years 3 months and 28 days (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Single
Last Residence: in London, England
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 244358, £26
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Recovered

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