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Robert Henry Butt

Robert Henry Butt
Robert Henry Butt

Robert Henry Butt was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England on 27 June 1890. He was the son of William Butt (1848-1932) and Emily Woodcock (1852-1929), both Southampton-natives who had married in 1873.

Robert was one of ten children born to his parents, his siblings being: Emily Leah (b. 1875), Sabina Mary (b. 1876), Elizabeth Maud (b. 1877), Elizabeth Augusta (b. 1879), William John (b. 1881), Cecelia Jane (b. 1884), Edith Fanny (b. 1886), Albert Edward (b. 1889) and George Leonard (b. 1894).

Robert first appears on the 1891 census. At the time he and his family were living at 26 Kent Road, Freemantle, Southampton and his father was described as a musician. The family are listed at 4 Gordon Terrace, Heysham Road on the 1901 census. By the time of the 1911 census Robert and his family are living at 36 Richmond Road, Freemantle, Southampton and he is described as an unmarried ship's steward for the White Star Line.

When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, Robert gave his address as 6 Cawte Road, (Southampton). His last ship had been the Oceanic. As a first class saloon steward he received monthly wages of £3 15s. Also serving aboard, as a fireman, was his brother William John Butt.

Robert Butt, along with his brother, died in the sinking and both their bodies were recovered.

NO. 10 (See No. 77) - MALE - ESTIMATED AGE, 25 - HAIR, FAIR

CLOTHING - Ships uniform waistcoat; blue trousers; spring sided shoes.

ADDRESS ON ENVELOPE - "R. Butt. 6 Caute Rd., Freemantle, Southampton.".



Robert's body was recovered by the Mackay-Bennett (#10) and was buried at Fairview Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia on 8 May 1912.

Grave of William Butt
Grave of William Butt

The following death notice appeared in the Southampton Times (unknown date):

BUTT--April 15th, on s.s. Titanic, William, aged 30, and Robert aged 21, the dearly loved sons of William and Emily Butt, of 6. Cawte Road, Freemantle, Southampton. Deeply mourned by all the family. "Peace, Perfect Peace."


Gavin Bell, UK
Bill Fowler, Canada

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  1. Andrew Maheux

    I would love to find his genealogy information to see if he is a relative. - Andrew Maheux (Great-Grandson of John H. Butt)

  2. William robert harlandharla

    My Grandfather was Robert Henry Butt married to Jessie Valentine, Abroath Scotland . He emigrated from England to Halifax NS then to Boston MA Buried at Mount Auburn Cemetary Cambridge, MA For me a mind blower.

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Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr Robert Henry Butt
Age: 21 years 9 months and 18 days (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: Saloon Steward
Last Ship: Oceanic
Embarked: Southampton on Saturday 6th April 1912
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body recovered by: Mackay-Bennett (No. 10)
Buried: Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on Wednesday 8th May 1912

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