About John William Thompson
Mr John William Thompson
- Born: Friday 6th October 1876 in Liverpool Merseyside England
- Age: 35 years
- Last Residence: at 2 House, Primrose Hill Liverpool Merseyside England
- Occupation: Fireman / Stoker
- Last Ship: Castleford
- Engine crew
- First Embarked: Southampton
- Rescued (boat A)
- Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
Mr John William Thompson, 42, was born in Liverpool on 6 April 1871 (1).
When he signed-on to the Titanic 6 April 1912, he gave his address as 26 Howe St., Liverpool. He had previously served on the Castleford. As a fireman he received monthly wages of £6.
John Thompson later recalled that, after he and some other firemen had gone on deck after the collision, Leading Fireman William Small ordered them back below, apparently to go back to the boiler rooms.
Thompson was rescued in the swamped collapsible A, he was later transferred to lifeboat 14. Somehow he broke his arm in his struggle to survive in the water, but didn't notice until he had to climb up the rope ladder into the Carpathia.
Notes 1. It is likely that his parents were Robert Thompson (dock labourer) and his wife Ann.
Documents Crew Particulars of Engagement
References British Census 1881
Contributors Brian Ticehurst, UK Bill Wormstedt, USA Chris Dohany, USA