Thomson Beattie was born on 25 November 1875 in Fergus, Wellington, Ontario Canada.
He was the son of John Beattie and Janet Wilson
Canada Births 1869 - 1907
When Born: twenty fifth November A.D 1875
Name and Surname of Father: John Beattie
Name and maiden surname of Mother: Janet Wilson
Rank or Profession of Father: Clerk C. of Wellington
Signature, description and residence of informant: John Beattie, County Clerk.
When registered: twenty fourth December a.d 1875
1881 Canadian Census
Census Place Fergus, Wellington Centre, Ontario
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The ship docked at Trieste, and from there they went along the Adriatic coast, through Greece and then into Egypt. Soon Thomson and his friends were ready to sail back to Canada. They cancelled their plans to sail on the Mauritania, and instead booked tickets on the new White Star Line steamer, Titanic.
Thomson shared a cabin on C Deck with Thomas McCaffrey (C-6). In a letter to his mother, Thomson wrote " We are changing ships and coming home in a new, unsinkable boat."
They boarded the Titanic in Southampton, They had been staying in London and caught the boat train down to Southampton on 10 April 1912.
During the voyage, Thomson’s friend Hugo Ross became ill, and his friend Thomas McCaffrey was very ill with dysentery and so he spent some time each day visiting the bedside of his friends.
On the night of the sinking, Major Arthur Peuchen recalled that he found Thomson Beattie, and other friends of his in the smoking room just after 11P.M when he entered. He commented that talk was "Unusually bright."
After the collision, Thomson met up with Major Peuchen and told him, "The order is for life belts and the boats." It is not known what happened to Thomson after this, but we do know that his body was found in collapsible lifeboat A; and so he must have made it to the boat deck and attempted to save himself. Probably he died of exposure to the cruel and bitter cold of the sea and air.
The boat drifted for hours until Officer Lowe found it. After transferring the survivors into boat 14, he then confirmed that the three men lying in the bottom of the boat were dead. One of those men was Thomson Beattie; the other two were members of crew.
Their faces were covered, and the boat was set adrift again.
Another steamer later discovered the Collapsible, They sent out some members of crew who gave the three men an honorable burial at sea.
Thomson is remembered on a memorial Plaque in a Winnipeg hospital. It reads:
"Erected by the people of Winnipeg in memory of Mark Fortune, John Hugo Ross, Thomson Beattie, Charles A. Fortune, George E. Graham, J.J Borebank. They with 1,484 others died when the S.S Titanic foundered in the mid-Atlantic, April 15 1912. They died that Women and Children may live."
In 1915, Mrs. John A Beattie and her son Allan were onboard the Lusitania. 18 year old Allan survived, but his mother perished in the tragedy. Mrs. Beattie was the wife of Thomson’s cousin.