Mr Thomas Hewitt

Mr Thomas Hewitt was born in Everton, Liverpool, Lancashire, England in 1875; his birth was registered in the second quarter of that year and he was baptised on 31 May.

He was the son of John Hewitt (b. 1841), a dock labourer, and Jane Peate (b. 1834). His father was Scottish and his mother from Wigton, Cumbria and they had married in Liverpool in late 1863. He had four known siblings: John H. (b. 1867), William (b. 1871), Joseph (b. 1872) and Jane (b. 1878).
Thomas first appears on the 1881 census with his family living at 40 Adelaide Street, Everton and they are still at the same address by the time of the 1891 census and Thomas, aged 15, is described as a railway porter. Thomas is not present for the 1901 census and was by then already working at sea.

He appears on shipping records as early as 1897, firstly serving aboard Majestic. The following year he began a long career with Cymric which lasted until at least 1902. By 1906 he was serving as an assistant steward aboard the Empress of Britain, his address at the time being 2 Moss Lane, Aintree.
Thomas was married in Everton, Liverpool on 16 September 1902 to Ada Emily Jones (b. 25 October 1875 in Liverpool). The couple had two children: Edna (b. 12 June 1903) and Leslie (b. 8 September 1905). By the time of the 1911 census the family were living at 96 Devonfield Road, Walton, Liverpool but Thomas is again absent.

Thomas was on board the Titanic for her delivery trip from Belfast to Southampton. When he signed-on again in Southampton, on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as 96 Devonfield Road, Liverpool. His previous ship had been the Vandyke and as a bedroom steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s.

Thomas Hewitt died in the sinking. His body was later recovered by the Mackay-Bennett (#168) and buried at sea on 24 April 1912.


CLOTHING - Black suit.

EFFECTS - Gold watch and chain; keys; gold signet ring.



On 15 April 1915 his widow Ada placed the following memorial in the Liverpool Echo:

HEWITT--In ever loving memory of Tom, the dearly-loved husband of Ada, who passed away April 15, 1912. (Ever remembered).

Ada never remarried and remained in Liverpool for the rest of her life, forever at 96 Devonfield Road; she died on 13 September 1966. His daughter Edna never married and died in a Liverpool nursing home on 18 June 1989. Son Leslie was married in 1934 to Elizabeth Ledson; he died in Liverpool on 11 March 1981.


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  1. Caroline Hughes said:

    Have recently acquired knowledge that Thomas Hewett was my great-grandfather. I would like any information on him please.

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    Jason D. Tiller said:

    Hi Caroline, For starters, if you haven't checked it out already, here is his biography. Unfortunately, it's not much though. Click

  3. Caroline Hughes said:

    Thanks Jason, have seen this. Information I have is that Thomas Hewett married my Great-Grandmother who lived in South Africa. When my Grandmother (Josephine Mary Hewett) was still very young Thomas wanted to get back to sea and left his wife and daughter in South Africa. He wrote to them and told them that he had secured a position on the Titanic. The letter was received by them after the Titanic had gone down. The family have never received any further information.

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    Brian J. Ticehurst said:

    Caroline - here is my printout for Mr Hewett - sorry the names dont match yours but these are what were printed - regards - Brian Hewett, Thomas. Lived at 94 Devonfield Road, Aintree, Liverpool. Occupation Bedroom Steward. 37 years old. (Bornin in Liverpool). Note spelling variation sometimes Hewitt. (From: Mansion House Titanic Relief Fund Booklet, March 1913) Number 451. Hewett, Ada, widow. Children: Edna and Leslie. All class B dependants. Body number 168. Estimated age 35. Dark hair. Clothing:- Black suit. Effects:- Gold watch and chain, keys, gold signet ring. Buried at Sea. ... Read full post

  5. Caroline Hughes said:

    Thanks Brian for the information. Busy trying to obtain birth certificates etc to try and unravel the mystery...!

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    Jason D. Tiller said:

    You're welcome Caroline. I can't imagine how terrible your grandmother and mother must have felt, once they received that letter. Did they find out soon after that he was not among the survivor's, or did it take a while? Best regards, Jason

  7. Caroline Hughes said:

    Hello Jason, From what we can gather the mail was very slow in those days and it took quite a while to reach them and appeared to have been long after the event. I would love to get my hands on the letter and am now having to contact family in Zimbabwe where my Grandmother eventually lived and died. My cousin still lives in the same home and it is hoped that she will have the old records. She is not very good with paperwork and so I am really praying that it has been put in a safe place if it is there at all. It is like hunting for treasure! Regards Caroline

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    Jason D. Tiller said:

    Hi Caroline, I have heard that the mail was slow during that time and if I recall correctly, it happened to at least a few other families as well, if not several that also had relatives on board. All the best with finding the letter, hopefully it still exists. You're right, when it comes to items like those, it is definitely treasure hunting


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References and Sources

Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Particulars of Engagement (Belfast), Ulster Folk and Transport Museum (TRANS 2A/45 381)
White Star Line (1912.) Record of Bodies and Effects (Passengers and Crew S.S. "Titanic") Recovered by Cable Steamer "MacKay Bennett"
Search archive British newspapers online

Link and cite this biography

Encyclopedia Titanica (2017) Thomas Hewitt (ref: #1908, last updated: 30th December 2017, accessed 29th September 2020 00:45:27 AM)