Historical records matching Henry Samuel Morley
About Henry Samuel Morley
Mr Henry Samuel Morley
- Born: Saturday 3rd May 1874 (not 1875 as stated elsewhere)
- Age: 38 years
- Last Residence: in Birmingham West Midlands England
- Occupation: Confectioner
- 2nd Class passenger
- First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
- Ticket No. 250655 , £26
- Died in the sinking.
- Body Not Recovered
Mr Henry Samuel Morley, 39, lived at 22, Foregate St, Worcester, England and was senior partner in the firm of L.Morley, confectioners which had branches in High St, Birmingham; Bristol St, Birmingham; and also in Worcester. Morley told friends that he was travelling to Los Angeles principally to recuperate after illness but in fact he was eloping with Kate Florence Phillips.
They boarded the Titanic at Southampton, as second class passengers, under the names of Mr and Mrs Marshall.
Morley died in the sinking. His firm's shops closed for a day after his fate became known, as a mark of respect. He left a wife and one child.
Henry Samuel Morley. ( *Updated 24th November 2001)
HENRY SAMUEL MORLEY - Morley was 39 years old when he purchased a two 2nd class tickets, one for himself and another for KATE FLORENCE PHILLIPS, on the Titanic. They boarded at Southampton, traveling under the names of ‘Mr. and Mrs. Marshall’. Morley and his brother, A. W., owned confectionery shops on Foregate Street in Worcester, Belle Vue Terrace in Malvern and also on High Street and Bristol Street in Birmingham. He left his wife and a 12 year old daughter behind in Malvern. Morley had told his brother A. W. that he was going to California, for a few months, for ‘health reasons’ In reality, he was sailing to America with Kate, a shop assistant from his Worcester shop. His brother stated later that he had pleaded with Henry not to take the Titanic but instead take a German Lloyd steamer to Galveston. Henry went down with the ship, but Kate was ushered into lifeboat 11 and survived. However, after returning to Worcester, Kate soon found that she was pregnant. Nine months later, on January 13, 1913, she gave birth to Ellen Mary. (The daughter, Ellen ‘Betty’ Walker now resides in Pershore, said by some to be the youngest Titanic survivor.)
An interesting side note; In the late 1990’s a traveling Titanic Exhibit, sponsored by Titanic Exhibitions Pty. Ltd., showcased, among other artifacts from the White Star Liner, a handsome necklace in which the centerpiece was a large blue jewel. This, according to the history accompanying the piece, was a gift from Henry Samuel Morley to Kate Florence Phillips. And it was called ‘L’Amour de la Mer’ - The Love of the Ocean. Some have said this piece of jewelry was the inspiration to James Cameron for his ‘Heart of the Ocean’ in his 1997 epic motion picture, “Titanic”. However, he stated, just after the movie was released, the necklace in the film was pure fabrication.
Source: Worcester Journal, supplement - April 27, 1912
- The United Counties Bank Limited of Worcester gave the Bank an interesting story: a Mr. Henry Samuel Morley had been on the Titanic, but under an assumed name. He was travelling to California and drew out £400 in notes, or 40 x £10 notes. Within a day or so of this, (2nd March 1912) he had abandoned his residence in Worcester and stayed at various addresses with a girl named Kate Phillips, who passed as his wife. Soon afterwards he sailed for America on the Titanic with Phillips sailing with him. Morley adopted the name of Henry Marshall. In further correspondence, Morley's brother (the executor of his estate) saw him sail with that girl. He also noted that, he drained his businesses in England to the last penny before eloping, in order that he might have capital to start a confectionery business in California, and further it is most probable that he spent more than £60 at the most, before he sailed."
Henry Samuel Morley's Timeline
May 3, 1874
January 15, 1878
St. Peter's, Maidstone, Kent, England
April 15, 1912
January 11, 1913
Worcester, Worcestershire, UK