Alan Vincent Franklin was born in 1884 in Long Compton, Warwickshire, England and his birth was registered in the first quarter of that year in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire. He was the son of Mary Ann Franklin (b. 1860 in Long Compton), who was apparently unmarried at that point, and he had one sibling, Rupert (b. 1881) although it is uncertain whether they shared the same father.
His mother Mary Ann was married in 1893 to William Joseph Fessey (b. 1858 in Warwickshire) and had two further children, Elizabeth (b. 1893) and Elsie (b. 1896). She was widowed in 1897 and lived out her life in Warwickshire and died in Southam in 1936.
Alan and his brother were seemingly raised by their grandparents Sam Franklin (b. 1838) and Hannah Hitchman (b. 1836), both natives of Long Compton who had married in 1859 before going on to have at least nine children. Hannah Franklin died in 1910 followed by Sam in 1922.
On the 1891 census Alan, his brother, grandparents and aunts and uncles are listed as living at an unknown address in Long Compton where his grandfather was described as an agricultural labourer. By the time of the 1901 census are are listed as living at Crocker (?) Street, Long Compton and Alan is described as a coachman aged 17. He was not listed on the 1911 census.
Alan was married in London in early 1911 to Blanche Couzens (b. 11 March 1886 in Hackney, London). Their first child, a son Alan Vincent, would be born on 17 June that same year.
When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, Alan gave his address as Egremont, Newton Road, Bitterne, Southampton (the home of a Joseph Boles as per the 1912 Southampton street directory). His last ship had been the Olympic. As a saloon steward he received monthly wages of £3 15s.
NO. 262. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 30. - HAIR, LIGHT.
CLOTHING - Steward's coat, vest & pants; green overcoat; "A. Franklin" on shirt.
EFFECTS - Corkscrew; metal belt; keys; nickel watch and chain; knife; rubber; Purse.
SECOND CLASS STEWARD No. 9.
Alan's widow Ada Blanche had been pregnant at the time of the disaster and gave birth to a daughter named Blanche later in 1912. She is believed to have remarried a year later but what became of her is uncertain.
His son Alan was married in Norwich, Norfolk in 1934 to Ada B. Rice and they had at least one child. Alan died in 1991 in Cambridge.
His daughter Blanche was married in Norwich, Norfolk in 1934 to Frederick W. Collier and they had at least one child. What became of her is uncertain.
References and Sources
White Star Line (1912.) Record of Bodies and Effects (Passengers and Crew S.S. "Titanic") Recovered by Cable Steamer "MacKay Bennett"
List of Bodies Unidentified and Disposition of Same (#262)
Gavin Bell, UK
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