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Posted Aboard RMS Titanic

John Richard Jago Smith

John Richard Jago Smith
John Richard Jago Smith
John Richard Jago Smith

Unlike their American counterparts, the two British sea post clerks assigned to TitanicJames 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.

Letter from Williamson’s father
In this letter to the British Postmaster General John Smith, Sr., wrote that if his son had “not stuck to his duty in trying to save the mails, he might have had a chance to save himself.”
Courtesy of Royal Mail Streamline.
In this letter to the British Postmaster General John Smith, Sr., wrote that if his son had “not stuck to his duty in trying to save the mails, he might have had a chance to save himself.”
Courtesy of Royal Mail Streamline.