Cecil William Fitzpatrick (April 26, 1890 - July 11, 1964) was a mess steward of the Titanic. He survived the sinking.
Early Life Edit
Cecil was born in Kilkenny, Co Kilkenny, Ireland, one of four children. His parents were Robert Fitzpatrick (1858-1931), and Mary Gertrude Ryan (1858-1928). His father, Robert, was a policeman.
Aboard Titanic Edit
Cecil was a mess steward, who transferred to the Titanic, from the Oceanic.
One the night of the disaster Cecil was in bed in his cabin. The shock of the impact disturbed him and he was further alarmed by the cessation of the engines. When he left his cabin to investigate, he was informed that it was nothing serious, and went back to bed. He was later reawakened by another member of the crew and he went on deck. It was here he assisted in loading the lifeboats until the boat deck was inundated and he jumped, swimming in icy water until managing to pull himself unto upturned Collapsible B. He was later transferred into boat 12 and second class passenger Lillian Bentham recalled wrapping her fur coat around him to protect him from the bitter cold.
Later Life Edit
Cecil returned to England following the disaster, working as a cashier and building contractors' assistant and residing for a time in Ipswich, Suffolk. He never worked at sea again.
He married Elsie May Moody, in August 1914, in Hull Yorkshire.
He served in the Royal Garrison Artillery, as a gunner during World War I
He and his wife Elsie would have four children, after his return home from the war. Cecil never cared to discuss the Titanic disaster. He died in Leeds, Yorkshire on July 11, 1964. His wife Elsie passed away on November 5, 1976