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William Moss

Mr William Moss was born in Cotham, Nottinghamshire, England in the latter half of 18761.

He was the son of William Moss (b. 1843), a domestic groom and gardener, and Mary Cutton (b. 1844), natives of Whatton and Flintham, respectively, who had married in 1870. 

The fourth of five children, William’s siblings were: Mary (b. 1871), Kate (1873-1873), Robert George (b. 1875) and Frank (b. 1878).

Moss appears on the 1881 census living with his family at an unspecified address in Cotham. Sadly, his mother passed away shortly after aged 37 and his father was remarried the following year to Betsy Caunt (b. 1853 in Elston, Nottinghamshire). From that union William gained three half-brothers: Herbert (b. 1885), John (b. 1888) and Harry (b. 1890) and the family moved to Grantchester, Nottinghamshire. On the 1891 census only William's sister Mary is shown living at their family address, Paradise, in that parish; William shows up as a visitor to an address in Balderton, Nottinghamshire, namely Horn Lane, the home of a Mr Lewis Hatfield and his family but he had no stated profession. His father died sometime around 1893.

When William went to sea is not certain but he had worked for the White Star Line for over a decade and had served aboard both the Cymric and Majestic between the years of 1901 and 1907.

He was married in Kelvin, Glasgow, Scotland in early 1905 to Susan Campbell Longmuir (b. 1880). Susan had been born in Crieff, Perthshire, the daughter of coachman William Longmuir and the former Elizabeth Wardrop, but spent most of her life living in Glasgow. 

William and Susan moved to Liverpool and whilst there welcomed their first child, Elizabeth Mary, who was born before the close of 1905; at the time of their daughter's baptism at St Michael's Church, Toxteth on 7 January 1906, they were living at 19 Lisburn Road in that locale and William was described as a seaman. The family's last known address in Liverpool was 38 South Front before they relocated to Southampton, likely to coincide with the movement of White Star's main port.

William would be absent from the 1911 census and likely at sea but his wife and child were listed as living at 37 Charlton Road, Freemantle, Southampton.

Moss was on board the Titanic for her delivery trip from Belfast to Southampton and when he signed-on again in Southampton for the maiden voyage on 4 April 1912 he gave his address as 37 Charlton Road, Southampton. His previous ship had been the Olympic and as a first saloon steward he received monthly wages of £6. 

William Moss died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

His wife Susan had been pregnant at the time of the sinking and several months later she gave birth to a daughter and named her Wilhelmina Frances, in honour of her lost father. The family moved northwards back to Susan’s home in Scotland, settling in Glasgow. Susan never remarried and died in Glasgow in July 1946 aged 65.

William’s eldest daughter Elizabeth married in 1939 to George Kerr McLaughlan (1907-1979). She died in Glasgow in 1977, outlived by her husband who died two years later. 

His posthumously-born daughter Wilhelmina never married and later died in Stirling, Scotland in 2004 aged 92.

Notes

  1. His birth was registered in Newark in the third quarter of 1876. 

Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr William Moss
Age: 35 years (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Married to Susan
Last Residence: at 37 Charlton Road Southampton, Hampshire, England
Last Ship: Olympic
Embarked: Belfast on Monday 1st April 1912
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Recovered

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United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Particulars of Engagement (Belfast), Ulster Folk and Transport Museum (TRANS 2A/45 381)

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