Harold Smethurst. The Cunard Line stated he was 27 years old and gave his point of origin as New Philadelphia, Ohio. He was the Harold Smethurst who lived at 14 Bent Gate Street in New Hey, Rochdale, Lancashire. He was a cop packer and had been born 12 June 1888 in Middleton, Lancashire; his father was in that case John Smethurst (a finisher and embosser in cotton and silk). In 1891, he was 2 years old and lived with his parents John, a shirting finisher, and Matilda (nee Wild), in the household of his grandfather Henry, 49, a cotton dyer. His parents had married in the end of 1886 at Oldham, Lancashire. He had dark complexion, brown hair and brown eyes and stood 5’9”. He had married Alice Schofield in Rochdale, Lancashire, in 1912. He was an engineer, classified for sedentary work. He came to Philadelphia 29 January 1914 on the Merion and was listed as a cotton worker, aged 25.
”H. Smethurst, a steerage passenger, was saved in the same way. He had put his wife into a lifeboat and in spite of her urging he refused to accompany her, saying the women and children must go first. After the boat with his wife in it had pulled away the husband put on a life belt, slipped into the water and floated until he was picked up.” (The Baltimore Sun, 9 May 1915, p. 4)
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