Albert Victor Pearcey was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England on 23 January 1887. He was the son of Jesse Pearcey (b. 1855), a brick maker and builder, and Elizabeth Whitlock (b. 1853). Both his parents were native to Southampton and had married on 31 December 1876 in Portswood, Hampshire.
Albert was one of eleven children; his identifiable siblings, as per census records, were: Kate Elizabeth (b. 1877), Jesse (b. 1879), William Frederick (b. 1881), George Edward (b. 1883), Alfred Henry (b. 1885), Ethel Bella May (b. 1889), Daisy Evelyn (b. 1891), Leonard Walter (b. 1893) and Bertie Earl (b. 1895).
Albert first appears on the 1891 census when he and his family were living at 28 Winchester Road, South Stoneham, Hampshire. Appearing on the 1901 census and by now living at 23 Kent Road, Portswood and he was described as a gardener's boy, apparently already having left school. By the time Albert appeared on the 1911 census he was still living at home and unmarried, now at 23 Kent Road, St Denys, Southampton and he was described as a steward in the White Star Line.
When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, Albert gave his address as 23 Kent Road, (Southampton). He was transferred from the Oceanic. As a Pantry Steward he received monthly wages of £4.
Pearcey reportedly led groups of third class passengers up to the boat deck assisted by his colleagues William Denton Cox and John Edward Hart.
Pearcey was rescued in Collapsible C and he later testified at the British Inquiry into the sinking.
Albert returned to Southampton and continued working at sea, serving as a baker among other jobs and working aboard the Aquitania and other liners. He was later married but is not thought to have had any children. He died in Southampton in 1952.
References and Sources
Board of Trade Hearings, 16 May 1912, Testimony
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Wreck Commissioners' Court, Proceedings before the Right Hon. Lord Mersey on a Formal Investigation Ordered by the Board of Trade into the Loss of the S.S. Titanic
Gavin Bell, UK
Articles and Stories
The Courier News (1912)