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Harold John Prior was a third class steward of the Titanic. He survived the sinking.

Early Life Edit

Harold Prior was born in Halstead, Essex, England on 19 August 1891 2 as Harold John Prior Arnold.

He was the eldest of John Prior Arnold (1864-1941), a domestic gardener, and Alice Lucy Franklin (1866-1918), both of whom hailed from Halstead and who had married there in early 1891. One of four children, Harold's siblings were: Alice May (1893-1979), Beatrice Olive (1894-1962) and Violet Roberta Kate (1900-1975).

Harold first appears on the 1901 census living at Oak Cottage in Halstead, Essex. The family would later appear on the 1911 census living at Hildon House, Hildon North Lodge, Stockbridge, Hampshire. Harold was absent from the family home at this point and listed elsewhere on board ship docked at Portsmouth, Hampshire and he was described as an unmarried officers' steward.

Titanic Edit

When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, Harold gave his address as 48 Padwell Road, (Inner Avenue, Southampton). He had transferred from the Oceanic and as a third class steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s.

Prior was rescued, most likely in one of the aft starboard lifeboats (perhaps 11 or 13).

Later Life Edit

He returned to England and continued to serve at sea into the 1920s and beyond, surviving both World Wars. He was married in Stockbridge, Hampshire 3 in mid-1918 to Hilda Mary Robinson (b. 27 August 1891), a native of Stockbridge. The couple would have two children: Winifred Lucy (b. 1920) and Eric Harold (1922-1989). The family lived for some years in a flat above the vicarage at 53 Bugle Street, Southampton before moving to 384 Portswood Road, Southampton. Harold died of a heart attack on 29 January 1949 aged 57 years. He was buried on 2 February 1949 in the South Stoneham Cemetery, Swaythling, Southampton in an unmarked grave (plot number 04/118). His widow followed him in death in 1972.

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