Jacob Gibbons, photographed during the first world war.
Mr Jacob William Gibbons was born in Charminster near Dorchester on 10th October 1875.
When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as Harbour View, Studland Bay, Dorset. The Titanic was his first ship. As a second class steward he received monthly wages of £3 15s.
Gibbons was rescued in lifeboat 11. On 20th April 1912 he sent a telegram to his family, it read simply:
"Saved, well, Daddy"
During the first world was Gibbons served with the Red cross in France. After the war he worked in Canada for the Canadian Pacific railway. Upon his return to England he set up a guesthouse which he called "Harbour View".
Gibbons was married and had five children. He died on 27th February 1965 his ashes were scattered in the grave yard of Studland Methodist Church. A stone was erected to his memory in 1999.
Articles and Stories
|Bournemouth Echo (1912)||A SWANAGE MAN'S STORY OF THE DISASTER|
|Chicago Daily News (1965)||CLAIMED TO BE THE OLDEST SURVIVING MEMBER OF THE CREW OF THE TITANIC|
|MEMORIAL TO JACOB WILLIAM GIBBONS|
Bournemouth Echo, April 1912, A Swanage Man's Story of the Disaster
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Hermann Söldner (ed.) (2000) RMS Titanic: Passenger and Crew List 10 April 1912-15 April 1912. ä wie Ärger Verlag.
[?] Advertiser, 10 June 1999, p.5, Titanic Survivor Memorial