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Mr Alfred Arnold Deeble (1st class saloon steward)
Alfred Arnold Deeble was born in the last quarter of 1877 in Clerkenwell, Middlesex, England and was baptised on 17 February 1878 in St Mary's Church, Islington. He was the son of Alfred Deeble (1851-?) and Florence Fanny Williams (1857-1891), natives of Islington and Clerkenwell, respectively, who had married in 1876.
Alfred had six known siblings: Lily Florence (b. 1876), Charles William (b. 1881), Albert Edward (b. 1882), Ernest Frederick (b. 1885) and Ada Gertrude (b. 1888).
Alfred first appears on the 1881 census living at the Prince of Wales public House on Margravine Road, Fulham, London where his father was the manager, and the family were still at this address by the time of the 1891 census. His mother Florence passed away later in 1891. His father may have remarried but his further whereabouts are unknown. Alfred is absent from the 1901 census, perhaps already at sea, and his siblings are scattered around different addresses. On the 1911 census Alfred is listed as a visitor at 24 Clarence Gardens, Lower Clapton, London, the home of a Mr and Mrs William Baker. At this time he was described as a ship's steward and unmarried. He was reportedly a Freemason and member of Neptune Lodge 1264.
When Alfred signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912 he gave his local address as 81 Atherley Road, Southampton. His last ship had been the Olympic. As a first class saloon steward he received monthly wages of £3 15s.
Deeble died in the sinking, his body was later recovered by the Mackay-Bennett and he was buried at Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia on 3 May 1912.
NO. 270. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 23. - HAIR, BROWN.
CLOTHING - Black pants; white coat with buttons; green rain coat; no shirt.
EFFECTS - Gold watch; gold ring marked "A. D."; one bunch keys; shirt marked "Deoble."
Alfred's estate worth £175, 11s 2d was left to his brother Charles.
References and Sources
White Star Line (1912.) Record of Bodies and Effects (Passengers and Crew S.S. "Titanic") Recovered by Cable Steamer "MacKay Bennett"
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
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