Alfred James Eagle was born in mid-1884 in Southampton, Hampshire, England1. He was the son of Jacob Eagle and Ellen Best. Alfred's father, was a native of Germany whilst his mother was Southampton-born. They would have twelve children, three of whom died in infancy.
On the 1891 census Alfred and his family live at 57 Priory Road, Southampton. His father is described as a ship's steward and also resident, besides he and his parents are his siblings: Daisy Louise (b. 1873), Ernest Edward (b. 1875), Edgar Charles (b. 1977), Bertram George (b. 1879), Florence Ethel (b. 1881), Frank Edwin (b. 1886) and Nelly Evelyn (b. 1888). At the time of the 1901 census the family have shifted to 79 Lodge Road, Portswood, Southampton; Alfred is described as a page boy. By the time of the 1911 census the family had again relocated, this time to 13 Lyon Street. His mother is now a widow, Jacob Eagle having died in 1906. Alfred is now described as a seaman and unmarried.
When Alfred signed on to the Titanic as a trimmer, he gave his address as 13 Lyon Street, Southampton. As a trimmer he could expect to receive wage of £5 10s per month. His previous ship had been the Oceanic.
Alfred Eagle was lost in the Titanic disaster. His body, if recovered, was never identified.
His mother Ellen passed away in Southampton in 1933.
Gavin Bell, UK
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