Alfred George Crawford was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England1 on 27 February 18692, the son of Thomas Crawford and Ann Parry (born 1842 in Montreal).
At the time of the 1871 census his father is absent and the remaining family are living at 4 Blechynden Street, Southampton. His siblings at this time were William, Edward and Martha. His mother was listed as a "Seaman's wife". Two additional children, Thomas and Henry were present by the time of the 1881 census.
Alfred was married in New Forest in mid-1890 to Emily Pilgrim, a New Forest native born in 1872 and sister of Titanic survivor Mabel Kate Bennett. The 1891 census shows Alfred and Emily living in Raven Terrace, St Mary, Southampton. Here Alfred is listed as a "sailor". The couple had two children, Emily Gladys (born 1897) and Alfred George (born 1891).
The 1911 census shows the family living at 17 Frederick Street, Southampton. Also living there at the time was his sister-in-law Mabel Bennett and her daughter.
When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as 22 Cranbury Avenue, Southampton, the same address given by his sister-in-law. His previous ship was the Olympic. As a Bedroom Steward he received monthly wages of £3 15s.
Crawford was rescued in lifeboat 8. He later testified before the United States Senate inquiry.
Alfred Crawford later lived at 16 Newcombe Road, Southampton. He died on 9 February 1938, leaving an estate of £126 17s 1d to his wife who continued to live at the same address until her own death on August 29, 1954.
- When he signed-on he gave his age as 36, he told the Senate Inquiry he was 41.
- He gave his birthplace as London on crew agreements.
References and Sources
General Register Office Index of Births, Marriages and Deaths
Crew Particulars of Engagement
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
United States Senate (62nd Congress), Subcommittee Hearings of the Committee on Commerce, Titanic Disaster, Washington 1912
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
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966
Gavin Bell, UK