Mr Alfred Davies, 24, a cupola worker, of 29, Harwood Street, West Bromwich, England, boarded the Titanic at Southampton, he was travelling to Pontiac, MI.
Accompanying Alfred were his brothers John Davies and Joseph Davies, they were joined by their uncle James Lester and all four men lived at the same address with the Davies' parents. John and Joseph worked with father - Richard Davies, a puddler, at Messrs Adams of Ettingshall, Wolverhampton. Lester a galvaniser also at Ettingshall, Wolverhampton. Lester's wife was a sister of Mrs Davies, the mother of the three brothers.
Richard Davies had two other sons in America. One had left 7 years previously, the other accompanied this brother when he returned the last Christmas on holiday. They lived at Pontiac near Detroit. Doing so well the others were to join them.
The three brothers and Lester were to go in advance and then send money for Mr and Mrs Davies and four younger children to follow. Lester broke up his home and his wife and children went to live with Mr and Mrs Davies until sent for.
Alfred, the eldest Davies son, had married the day before he left for Southampton to a girl he had courted for some years. The wedding was at Oldbury parish church on Monday April 8th. Alfred's new wife went to live with her mother - Mrs Cartwright at Brades Village, Oldbury until her new husband sent for her.
A tearful Mr Davies (senior) said they were "fine big lads" adding that they were "the best of sons"
The four men left West Bromwich on Tuesday April 9th to join the 3rd class of the Titanic. They almost missed the boat because they got the train time wrong from West Bromwich, it left at 5.00 am not 7.00 am. So they had to make a hurried departure by tram to Birmingham to catch the train there. They wrote home from Southampton and Queenstown saying they were "comfortable" and having an "enjoyable passage".
All four men lost their lives in the disaster.
The Free Press (West Bromwich), 19 April 1912, West Bromwich Men Missing
The Staffordshire Advertiser, 20 April 1912, Article
Birmingham Daily Gazette, April 16 1912 - April 29 inc.
Alan Tucker, UK
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