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Henry William "Harry" Sparkman

Birthplace: St Mary Extra, Southampton, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died
Place of Burial: Southampton, Hampshire, UK
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry William Sparkman and Jane Sparkman
Husband of Ida Lilian Sparkman and Olive Bessie Sparkman
Father of Edwin H J "Eddie" Sparkman; Lilian M Sparkman and <private> Sparkman
Brother of Charles Henry Sparkman; Isabella Ruth Browning; George Henry Sparkman; Alfred William Sparkman; Frank Sparkman and 4 others

Managed by: John Sparkman
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About Henry William "Harry" Sparkman

Survivor of sinking of SS Titanic

  • Name: Mr H. Sparkman
  • Age: 30 years
  • Last Residence: Sholing, Hampshire, England
  • Occupation: Fireman / Stoker - Engine crew
  • First Embarked: Southampton

Rescued Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912

Mr H. Sparkman, of Sprint Road, Sholing, Southampton, survived the sinking. It is unknown as to which lifeboat he was rescued in.


United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List


Bill Wormstedt, USA


Henry William " Harry "SPARKMAN ( born 1876 )

By Elaine Sparkman - 10 March 2001 from correspondence with Jack Sparkman, East London, South Africa

My grandfather was a merchant seaman. From my grandfather's Seaman's Discharge Book, at the time your father Percy Hubert Sparkman sailed on the KILDONAN CASTLE in Feb. 1902, Harry was sailing out of London. However, between April 1903 and May 1907 he was on successive voyages out of Southampton on the Cape Town Mails serving on R.M.S. DUNOTTAR CASTLE, KINFAUNS CASTLE, ARMADALE CASTLE and the NORMAN.

In 1907 he switched to the White Star Line on the Southampton to New York run sailing on TEUTONIC and OCEANIC before returning to the Cape Mails for 1908 with the ARMADALE CASTLE again. He was issued with a new Discharge Book in 1909.... and if we had it we would know if he continued on the Cape Town run, including your return trip to Southampton in 1911 on the GALEKA and GERMAN.

The fact is Harry Sparkman joined the TITANIC on her fatal maiden voyage out of Southampton 10th April 1912 but survived the sinking 5 days later. We know very little about his experience and so this has absorbed the majority of my research time in recent years. That is our only claim to fame - but exceedingly few people know of it and we like to keep it that way as we had enough of American researchers pestering us for any new information ...

Thus I am a bit of an expert on the TITANIC saga! I enclose a copy of the Crew List which records him as "saved" as published in the British Board of Trade Enquiry of 1912 (See Photo section under Sparkman).


Summary continuation papers suggest he served on the OCEANIC and OLYMPIC during 1911/1912.

Following all this he survived the 1914-1918 War. The Sparkman merchant navy tradition continued with both sons - Edwin went to sea as did my father William A.M. as an engineer for a short spell, before leaving to join the electricity generating industry.

Elaine Sparkman - 10 March 2001

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Henry William "Harry" Sparkman's Timeline

March 1876
Southampton, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom
April 1, 1876
South Stoneham, Hampshire, UK
April 9, 1912
Age 36
Lambeth, UK
Age 36
South Stoneham, Hampshire, UK
Age 39
September 3, 1927
Age 51
Southampton, UK
October 15, 1947
Age 71
October 15, 1947
Age 71
Southampton, Hampshire, UK