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Arthur White

Birthdate: (37)
Birthplace: Hampshire, England
Death: April 15, 1912 (37)
At Sea - Titanic Casualty (Died in the sinking. Body recovered)
Place of Burial: Fairview Lawn Cemetery Halifax Nova Scotia Canada
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Brother of J. W. White

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About Arthur White

  • Name: Mr Arthur White
  • Born: Thursday 11th March 1875
  • Age: 37 years
  • Marital Status: Married.
  • Last Residence: in Portsmouth Hampshire England
  • Occupation: Barber
  • Victualling crew
  • First Embarked: Southampton
  • Died in the sinking.
  • Body recovered by: Mackay-Bennett (No. 247)
  • Buried: Fairview Lawn Cemetery Halifax Nova Scotia Canada on Wednesday 8th May 1912.

Mr Arthur White, 37 [1] was born in Hampshire of 11 March 1875.

When he signed-on to the Titanic [2], in Southampton, on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as 36 Purwall Road, Portland [3]. His last ship had been the Olympic.

According to an article in the New York Herald, White, had at one time, been a prominant manufacturer of soap wrappers but had lost all of his money and resorted to working for tips as a barber on ocean liners. As a barber he worked for tips and received only a shilling a week for living expenses.

White, who was married with four daughters, died in the sinking. His body was later recovered by the Mackay-Bennett (#247).


CLOTHING - Blue suit; green waterproof; pajamas and cholera belt.

EFFECTS - Key; knife; £2 in gold; 21s. in silver; 14 francs; 22d.


He was buried at Fairview Cemetary, Halifax, Nova Scotia on 8 May 1912.


  • 1. When he signed-on he gave his age as 29.
  • 2. For some reason, on the articles of agreement, the barbers were included with the galley staff
  • 3. The senate crew listlists his address as 36 Purbrook Rd., Portsmouth

References and Sources

  • Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
  • White Star Line (1912.) Record of Bodies and Effects (Passengers and Crew S.S. "Titanic") Recovered by Cable Steamer "MacKay Bennett" Including Bodies Buried at Sea and Bodies Delivered at Morgue in Halifax, N.S. Details compiled from records of the "Mackay-Bennett". Public Archives of Nova Scotia, Halifax, N.S., Manuscript Group 100, Vol. 229, No. 3d, Accession 1976-191
  • United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List


Cleveland Plain Dealer

Friday 19 April 1912

Man Who Always Shaved Financier Was on Titanic

By Plain Dealer's Leased Wire New York, April 18--Arthur White, once a rich English barber and known in England as the soap wrapper king, is among those lost on the Titanic. White used to advertise extensively for soap wrappers which commanded a premium. Another of the lost is Gus Whiteman, head barber of the White Star fleet. He always shaved J. P. Morgan on board and the financier would let no one else attend him. Whiteman lived near Philadelphia and leaves a family.

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Arthur White's Timeline

March 11, 1875
Hampshire, England
April 15, 1912
Age 37
At Sea - Titanic Casualty
May 8, 1912
Age 37
Fairview Lawn Cemetery Halifax Nova Scotia Canada