Mr Thomas Henry "Harry" Davison was born in Chippenham, Wiltshire, England on 27 February 1880.
He was the son of Thomas Cook Henry Davison (1859-1931), a corn miller, and Sarah Ann Long (1856-1935), both Wiltshire natives who had married in 1876. One of eleven children, Thomas' known siblings were: Frederick George (b. 1876), Louisa Ellen (b. 1878), Ralph Herbert (b. 1882), Sarah Annie (b. 1885), John Robert (b. 1887), Daniel (b. 1889), Albert Edward (b. 1893), Francis Nelson (b. 1895) and Charles Ethelbert (b. 1896).
The family appear on the 1881 census living on Sheldon Road in Chippenham and on the 1891 census on Mansfield Road. The whole family later moved to Hardenhuish, Wiltshire and appear there living at Woodlands on the 1901 census, Thomas described as a blacksmith.
He was married in 1902 to Mary Elizabeth Finkenagel (b. 1878), a native of Malmesbury, Wiltshire. The couple had two children (one named Thomas Henry, b. 1907), but lost both in early infancy. The Davisons appeared on the 1911 census living at 32 Marshfield Road, Chippenham.
The couple had spent time in Cleveland, Ohio around 1908 and decided to return and settle in Bedford, Ohio. They boarded the Titanic at Southampton as third class passengers (ticket number 386525, which cost £16, 2s).
After the collision Thomas dressed and went out on deck to see what was the matter, later returning to fetch his wife and both heading topside.
Thomas Davison was lost in the sinking but his wife was saved. His body, if recovered, was never identified.
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