Posted Aboard RMS Titanic
John Richard Jago Smith
Unlike their American counterparts, the two British sea post clerks assigned to Titanic — James Bertram Williamson and John Richard Jago Smith — were bachelors. Though unmarried, they did have their share of family responsibilities. Both supported their aging parents: Williamson supported his 60-year-old mother, while Smith supported his elderly father. Both provided financial help to their siblings.
After Titanic rammed into the iceberg, John Richard Jago Smith was dispatched to the bridge to report on conditions in the mailroom. Smith’s report only confirmed what the Captain may have already known: Titanic was sinking.