Portsmouth widow’s tribute to Titanic victim

Tom Jones's headstone with the inscription  to Charles Crumplin who was lost on the Titani and, below, RMS Titanic.
Tom Jones's headstone with the inscription to Charles Crumplin who was lost on the Titani and, below, RMS Titanic.
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On yesterday’s pages I featured several headstones in Kingston Cemetery, Portsmouth, with animals carved on them. There was going to be another but I left it out as there was not enough space, but I include it here because it shows the mason’s great skill – a carving of an anchor and chain.

The headstone, by the New Road entrance, is to Tom Jones RN and at its foot is an inscription to Charles George Crumplin.

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It states that he died on April 15, 1912 when he went down with RMS Titanic.

She hit an iceberg at 11.40pm on the night of April 14 and sank at 2.20am the following day.

So why is Charles’s name on the grave?

He was born at Southsea in 1877 and in 1881 lived at 1 King Street. A decade later he was at number two.

In 1899 Charles married Ada Sparks a Portsea girl. In 1901 Charles was a publican in Cromwell Road, Eastney, but nine years later he had left the trade and was a steward in the Merchant Navy and living at 209, New Road, Buckland, Portsmouth.

Charles was on board Titanic for that fateful maiden voyage having signed on as a bedroom steward.

We all know what occurred on that trip and Ada was left a widow.

Nine years later she re-married another man of the sea, Tom Jones RN.

Ada was widowed again when Tom died five years later. She married again 11 years later to Archibald.

Her third husband also pre-deceased her, in 1943. Ada died in 1953 aged 76 and is buried with Tom.

When Tom was buried Ada placed this marvellous headstone with the anchor cable wrapped around a plinth so perhaps she was well off. It must have cost a fortune.

At the same time she placed a stone at the base in remembrance of her Thomas who went down with Titanic.