Following the disaster, the White Star Line founded a relief fund for the victims and their families were sent a monthly payment as compensation.
Dated 1st April 1917, this cheque for ten shillings was sent to Mrs Smith; the mother of James William Smith.
James was unmarried and still lived at the family home with his mother, Alice, brother Arthur and his sister who was also called Alice. He signed on to Titanic on 4th April and his previous ship was RMS Olympic, receiving wages of £4-10 shillings.
Working as assistant to chief baker, Charles Joughlin who later testified that Smith and the rest of his assisants had been instructed to take bread up to the lifeboats “shortly after midnight”.
James died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.