Albert Edward Akerman was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England on 13 November 1880. He was the son of Joseph Akerman (1845-1914) and Fanny Palmer (1845-1925), both Wiltshire natives who had married in there in 1871.
Albert had had least five siblings: William Henry (b. 1872), Joseph Frank (b. 1874), Eliza (b. 1875), Arthur Wallace (b. 1877) and Alice Maud (b. 1882).
On the 1881 census the family are living at 12 Spring Place, Salisbury and his father is described as a general labourer. Albert is erroneously listed as a five year old (either mixed up with an older sibling or his age of around 5 months being incorrectly transcribed). On the 1891 census the Akermans are listed at 37 Green Croft Street and his father is now listed as a tractor engine driver.
By the time of the 1901 census Albert is absent from the family home but his parents are still listed at 37 Green Croft Street. On the 1911 census Albert is again absent.
When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as 25 Rochester Street, Southampton, the address of his brother Joseph. His last ship had been the Oceanic. As a third class steward he received monthly wages of £3 15s. His brother Joseph Akerman was a pantry steward on the Titanic.
Albert Akerman and his brother both died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.
His mother and father continued to live in Salisbury. His father passed away two years later and his mother in 1925.
Albert is remembered on the St Augustine Church Memorial, Southampton.
Gavin Bell, UK