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William Mintram

William Mintram

Mr William Mintram was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England on 10 February 1866.

He was the son of William Mintram (b. 1841), a labourer, and Adelaide Elizabeth Light (b. 1844), both natives of Hampshire. His known siblings were Ann (b. 1869), George (b. 1870), Rosina (1873-1876), Emma (b. 1874) and Alice Rosetta (1881-1882).

The 1871 census shows William and his family living at 15 Three Field Lane, St Mary, Southampton. They later lived in the poor King's Street area of St Mary's, Southampton and it was with here that William grew up. On 30 September 1882, whilst still a teenager, William stabbed and wounded one George Barton at the Victory Inn on East Street and was given one month's hard labour at Winchester Castle. He went on to have further brushes with the law for drunkenness and for assaulting a police officer, events occurring between 1893 and 1901.

He was married on 16 August 1886 to Eliza Mary Rose Veal (b. 11 October 1868) and together they had five children: Rosina May (1887-1969, later Mrs Walter Hurst), William (1889-1970), Eliza May (b. 1890, later Mrs John Humphrey Jones), Charles Thomas (1893-1986) and George (1897-1956).

Mintram and his family appear on the 1891 census as residents of 3 Middle Street, Southampton and he was described as a seaman. By the time of the 1901 census they lived at 63 Winton Street, Southampton.

William was often away at sea and whilst at home the relationship between he and his wife was tempestuous, with both perhaps being fond of alcohol. On 18 October 1902 Mintram returned home intoxicated; awaiting him, besides his supper, was his wife and son William; a crowd soon gathered outside the house as a result of the noise of quarrel happening within. According to the boy's evidence Mintram arrived home and proceeded to slap his wife in the face and, following a short interval, took a knife and stabbed her in the back, causing her death. According to Mintram's own testimony his wife kept nagging him when he complained that she had pawned the boy's shoes in order to pay for alcohol; his wife then rushed at him and he remembered no more. He was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to twelve years of penal servitude. On the 1911 census he was still in incarceration at the Portland Convict Prison, Dorset and he was described as a widowed lime burner. It appears he was released around late 1911 or early 1912.

When he signed onto the Titanic Mintram gave his address as 15 Chapel Road, Southampton, the address of his daughter Rosina Hurst and her family. His previous ship was the Oceanic and as a fireman he received wages of £6. Also serving aboard was his son-in-law Walter Hurst, Rosina's husband.

William and Walter met each other shortly before the Titanic went down. William had managed to find a lifejacket but Hurst had not, so William gave his lifejacket to his son-in-law.

William Mintram died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified. His son-in-law Walter was able to survive aboard collapsible B.


  1. It may be that William Mintram had 'form'.  In 1882 a William Mintram, 17, was convicted of unlawful wounding.  He stabbed a man after an argument in a pub.  He was sentenced to 1 month in gaol.  It is not yet known if this William Mintram was the same as that on the Titanic.  The 1902 criminal register indicates that he had previous convictions for drunkeness and assaulting police.

References and Sources

British Census 1871-1911
GRO Indexes of Births Marriages and Deaths
Craig Stringer (2003) Titanic People CDROM

Research Articles

Senan Molony Titanica! (2008) McGough the Killer
Two killers roamed the RMS Titanic on her maiden voyage…

Newspaper Articles

Hampshire Advertiser (7 October 1882) The Charge Of Stabbing
Hampshire Advertiser (18 November 1882) A Southampton Case
Worcestershire Chronicle (20 October 1902) Law And Police
Northampton Mercury (24 October 1902) Domestic Tragedy At Southampton
Hampshire Advertiser (22 November 1902) The Southampton Wife Murder Trial
At the Hampshire assizes yesterday, before Mr Justice Wright. William Mintram, 38, mariner, was indicted for feloniously, wilfully, and of malice aforethought, killing murdering ELIZA May Mintram at Southampton on 18th October.
The Times (24 November 1902) Fireman Killed Wife
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Peter Andrews, UK (great grandson of Walter Hurst)
Chris Dohany, USA
Phillip Gowan, USA

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  1. Wenda Mintrum

    Wenda Mintrum

    Hallo there I was delighted when I found the entry for W. Mintram on the Titanic site, quite by accident! I have been researching my husband's ancestor's since the beginning of the year and following various leads. I am now looking for any further information anyone could give me about him. I have details of a WALTER Mintram,(son of Charles & Mary) who was a Ships stoker on the 1891 census, and about the right age. However the ET biography names the crewman WILLIAM! A very helpful lady at Southampton City Archives says there could be details in the minutes of the Titanic Refief Fund. Does anyone have access to this, or any other source that could give details of the parentage of 'W',or possibly his wife's name (see biography!) (Walter's wife was Matilda Abraham) Perhaps there is a descendant of the son in law (Walter Hurst) 'listening' who might be able to help? Hopefully Wenda (Mintrum)
  2. Phillip Gowan

    Hi Wenda, Wally Hurst has a 93 year old son still living but I think your better option is contacting a different Mintram descendant in the United States who has been doing research on the family. Contact me privately and I'll give you his e-mail. Phillip
  3. Wenda Mintrum

    Wenda Mintrum

    Hallo again I have been in touch with both Walter Hurst's son and the US descendant and am getting 'nearer'. I now have William's wife's name and the parish that his daughter was born in. I have also seen the Relif Fund reports on a recent brief visit to Southampton. But I would still like to contact Peter Andrews who is mentioned at the end of the article about William Mintram. If anyone out there knows how I can contact him, (or if by some chance he is 'listening'. TIA Wenda Mintrum (Devon)
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Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr William Mintram
Age: 46 years 2 months and 5 days (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Widowed
Last Residence: at 15 Chapel Road Southampton, Hampshire, England
Occupation: Fireman
Last Ship: Oceanic
Embarked: Southampton
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Identified

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Walter Hurst


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