Mr Reginald Fenton Butler was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England over the summer months of 1886.
He was the son of William Francis Butler (b. 1852) and Susannah Haryott (b. 1853). His father, a hotel proprietor and licensed victualler, was also born in Portsmouth whilst his mother was a native of Alfriston, Sussex. They were married in Portsmouth in 1877 and produced four known children: Frank Arthur (b. 1878), Harry (b. 1880) Edgar John (b. 1882) and Reginald.
Reginald appears with his family on the 1891 census living at Granada Road, Portsea, the address of their hotel, the Granada. His mother died in 1894 and his father was remarried two years later to Charlotte Frances Allen (b. 1857 in Woolwich, Kent). The 1901 census shows Reginald and his family at the same address as previous. His father died on 5 April 1904 followed by his stepmother Charlotte on 7 January 1909. Reginald's brother Edgar therefore took over the ownership duties of the Granada Hotel. There is no sign of Reginald on the 1911 census.
Reginald, by then an unmarried mechanical engineer, boarded the Titanic in Southampton on 10 April 1912 as a second class passenger (ticket number 234686 which cost £13). He lost his life in the sinking and his body (#97) was later recovered by the Mackay Bennett and buried at Fairview Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia on 3 May 1912:
His estate, worth £742, 7s, 10d was administered to his brother Edgar on 27 July 1912. Edgar, who was married with a family, died in Guildford, Surrey on 21 January 1945.
NO. 97. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 42.
CLOTHING - Black suit.
EFFECTS - Gold watch and chain; silver cigarette case; gold match box; knife; fountain pen; memo book; Oddfellows' stud; letter case and pocket book with £60 2s.
NAME - REGINALD BUTLER.
Hermann Söldner, Germany
References and SourcesRecord of Bodies and Effects: Passengers and Crew, S.S. Titanic (Public Archives of Nova Scotia) (#97)
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55)
Marriages, births, deaths and injuries that have occurred on board during the voyage (PRO London, BT 100/259-260)