Mr Richard Stephen Carr

Mr Richard Stephen Carr (Trimmer) was born in Portsea, Hampshire, England on 26 December 1884.

He was the son of Richard Carr (1842-1915) and Jane Ahern (1852-?). His father, a boatswain in the Royal Navy, hailed from Hastings, Sussex and was married to Queenstown, Co Cork, Ireland-native Jane Ahern in Portsea in 1871

Richard was one of fourteen children born to his parents, with seven living past infancy. His known siblings were: Robert (b. 1876), Annie Teresa (b. 1878), Thomas Patrick (b. 1886), Winifred Margaret (b. 1887) and Cecil John (1889-1978).

Richard and his family appear on the 1891 census when they were living at 65 Gloucester Street, Portsea, Hampshire. The family do not appear on the 1901 census, albeit for his brother Thomas who was listed as a pupil at the Royal Hospital School, Greenwich, London. Richard himself is believed to have seen military service over this period, possibly during the Boer War before returning to civilian life and working as a waiter. He later joined the Royal Navy on 20 April 1903, serving aboard only one vessel, the Good Hope until 11 April 1904 when he was discharged as being unfit for service. Of good character, he stood at 5' 7" and had dark hair, blue eyes and a fresh complexion. He also sported a tattoo on the back of his right hand.

On the 1911 census Richard is still unmarried and still living with his parents and several siblings at Malvern Cottage, Winchester Road, Southampton. He was described as a seaman for the U.C.M.S. Company.

When Carr signed on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912 in Southampton, he gave his address as Malvern Cottage, Winchester Road, Southampton. His previous ship had been the Olympic and as a trimmer he could expect monthly wages of £5, 10s.

Richard Stephen Carr, who was reportedly engaged to be married, died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.


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