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Arthur John Priest

Birthdate: (48)
Birthplace: Southampton, England
Death: Died in Southampton, England
Cause of death: Pneumonia
Immediate Family:

Husband of Annie Priest
Father of Arthur John Priest
Brother of Nellie Priest and Emmie Priest

Occupation: Fireman/Stoker
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About Arthur John Priest

Mr Arthur John Priest

  • Born: Wednesday 31st August 1887
  • Age: 24 years
  • Last Residence: in Southampton Hampshire England
  • Occupation: Fireman / Stoker
  • Engine crew
  • First Embarked: Southampton
  • Rescued
  • Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
  • Died: 1937

Mr Arthur John Priest 1 was born in Southampton on 31 August 1889. 2

When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as 27 Lower Canal Walk, (Southampton). He transferred from the Asturias. As a Fireman he received monthly wages of £6.3

Priest was rescued, probably in lifeboat 15.4

Along with Stewardess Violet Jessop, Priest was on board the Olympic when she collided with the HMS Hawke, and also aboard the Britannic when she hit a mine and sank in 1916.5

Priest also survived the World War I losses of the Alcantara and Donegal. He once claimed that he was forced to retire from the sea by these disasters because no one wished to sail with him.6

After the first world war Priest was listed as living with his wife Annie at 17 Briton Street, Southampton.7

He died in Southampton from pneumonia in 1937.8

Documents Crew Particulars of Engagement

References i. Register of Seamen (PRO London, BT 350) #380560 ii. Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259) iii. Donald Hyslop, Alastair Forsyth and Sheila Jemima (1997) Titanic Voices: Memories from the Fateful Voyage, Sutton Publishing, Southampton City Council. ISBN 0 7509 1436 X. Note: Hyslop et al. (1997) give his name as "Frank Priest". The Register of Seaman, now in the Southampton Archives, contains a photograph of Priest. i. Register of Seamen, op. cit.; ii. Agreement and Account of Crew, op. cit. Note: In the Agreement he gave his age as 24. Agreement and Account of Crew, op. cit. Peter Engberg-Klarström, Correspondence with Editor i. John P. Eaton & Charles A. Haas (1994) Titanic: Triumph & Tragedy, 2nd ed. Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1 85260 493 X ii. John Eaton & Charles Haas (1992) Titanic: Destination Disaster, Patrick Stevens Ltd. ISBN 1 85260 534 0 ; Iii Hyslop et al. (1997) op. cit. Eaton & Haas (1992) op. cit. Register of Seamen, op. cit. i. General Register Office Index of Births, Marriages and Deaths ii. Peter Engberg-Klarström, Correspondence with Editor Iii Eaton & Haas (1992) op. cit. iv. Iii Eaton & Haas (1994) op. cit. Note: Eaton & Haas (1992) and (1994) give his date of death as 1935 Contributors Peter Engberg-Klarström, Sweden Brian Ticehurst, UK Bill Wormstedt, USA

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Arthur John Priest's Timeline

August 31, 1889
Southampton, England
Age 27
Southampton, Hampshire, England
Age 47
Southampton, England