Mrs Mabel Bennett
Mrs Mabel Bennett was born as Mabel Kate Pilgrim on 22 September 1878 in Eling, Hampshire, England. She was the daughter of James Pilgrim (1848-1933), a labourer, and Sarah Ann Groom (1847-1935).
At the time of the 1881 census Mabel and her family were living at 7 Netley Tole Gate, New Forest, Hampshire. Her siblings at this time were Sarah Louisa, James, Emily and Charles. A further three children would be born by the time of the 1891 census: Maud, Rose and Ada.
Mabel was married in Southampton in 1905 to George William Bennett. The couple had one child, a daughter named Mabel Emily who was born in Peckham, London in 1906.
At the time of the 1911 census Mabel and her daughter were living with her sister and brother-in-law at 17 Frederick Street, Southampton.
When she signed-on to the Titanic on 6 April 1912 she gave her address as 22 Cranbury Avenue, Southampton, the same address given by her brother-in-law. She had previoously served as a stewardess aboard the Olympic and experienced the collision with HMS Hawke in 1911. As a stewardess she received monthly wages of £3 10s.
She was rescued in lifeboat 5.
What became of Mrs Bennett's marriage to George William Bennett is not certain. She was however remarried in mid-1918 in New Forest to John W. Walker (1882-1964). The couple settled in New Forest. Mabel became a widow in 1964. She herself passed away in 1974 aged 96.
References and Sources
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Gavin Cameron Bell, UK
Titanic Passenger and Crew Summary
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