Mr Thomas William Solomon Brown, 60, a hotelier from the Cape Colony, South Africa, boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a second class passenger together with his wife and his daughter. They bought ticket number 29750 for £39. Their destination was Seattle.
Mr Brown was a successful hotelier at Cape Town, South Africa, but his business had declined and he decided to make a new start at Seattle, where his sister-in-law lived. His wife Elizabeth was 20 years younger than he, and she his second. The couple had two daughters, one of them died at the age of 8 from diphteria, the other one,
Edith Eileen, went with them. Mother and daughter, together with two other Ladies, occupied a four-berth cabin, whereas Thomas Brown was accommodated in another. In the night from 14th to 15th T. Brown placed his wife and daughter in lifeboat 14 and stepped back, just smoking a cigar and awaiting his fate.
He died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, never was identified.