Mr Alfred Albert White was born in Southampton, Hampshire on 25 January 1880 1. He was the first child of Alfred Samuel White (1852-1902) and Charlotte Harriet Light (1856-1938). He was Christened on 16 May 1880 in St Mary's Parish Church in Southampton.
On the 1881 census the family are listed as living at 13 York Square, Southampton. His father is described as a master French polisher. At the time of the 1891 census the family have moved to 33 Orchard Lane, Southampton and Alfred has gained four siblings: Annie, Emily, Edwin and Henry.
Alfred was married on 29 September 1902 to Florence Ada Watson (b. 1879 in Hampshire). He appears on the 1911 census as living with his wife at 3 Southampton Place, Southampton. Also present are his two daughters: Charlotte (b. 1904) and Florence (b. 1908) though it is indicated another child had died in infancy. He is described as a ship's fireman. Another child, Doris, would be born later in 1911.
When signed-on to the Titanic on 6 April 1912. He gave his address as 3 Southampton Place, Southampton. He had transferred from the Oceanic. As a greaser he received monthly wages of £6 10s.
White was rescued in lifeboat 4 after being pulled from the water.
Shortly after the sinking the Newton Abbot Western Guardian reported:
White, Alfred, one of the Titanic's crew who is reported to be among the survivors, resided at Shaldon before going to Southampton and at the last General Election made himself prominent at the Liberal meeting by asking questions with regard to the Merchant Shipping Act.'
Following the Titanic disaster Alfred returned to sea and continued to work as such until his death. Another child was born to he and his wife in 1913, a son named Alfred.
Alfred White died whilst queuing in the City and Midland Bank, Southampton on 7 January 1922 2. He was buried in the Old Common Cemetery, Southampton on 12 January.
WHITE-January 6th (sic), at Grove Inn, Grove Street, Alf, the dearly loved husband of Florence White, aged 41. Funeral at 1.30 Thursday, to Southampton Cemetery.
- Family give his birthdate as March 25, 1880
- Disparity over actual death date: according to family his death took place 7 January 1922 (apparently corroborated by his death certificate). His death notice gives the date as the 6th.
References and Sources
Crew Particulars of Engagement
Newton Abbot Western Guardian
Daily Echo, 10 January 1922 (Death notice)
Gavin Bell, UK
Steve Coombes, UK
Chris Dohany, USA
Brian Ticehurst, UK
Articles and Stories
Teignmouth Post (1912)