Mr Thomas Hewitt was born in Everton, Liverpool, Lancashire, England in 1875 and his birth was registered in the second quarter of that year.
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. 1876 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.
NO. 168. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 35. - HAIR, DARK.
CLOTHING - Black suit.
EFFECTS - Gold watch and chain; keys; gold signet ring.
NAME - H. HEWETT.
His widow Ada never remarried. She remained in Liverpool for the rest of her life and died in 1966. His daughter Edna never married and died in Liverpool in 1989. His son Leslie was married in 1934 to Elizabeth Ledson; he died in 1981 in Liverpool.
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References and SourcesAgreement 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"