Mr Alfred John Moffett King
Alfred John Moffett King was born 3 December 1893 the son of Alfred King (1872-1904) and Christina Arnot Leith (1873-1925). He was baptized at St James, Gateshead on 24 December 1893.
His father was from Hendon, Suffolk and his mother from Sunderland, Durham and they were married in 1891 in Gateshead, going on to produce at least five children: Jessie (b. 1897), Annie (b. 1899), George (b. 1900), Joseph (b. 1903) and Alfred.
On the 1901 census Alfred and his family are living at 94-96 Nile Street, Gateshead and his father is described as a milk seller. His father died in 1904 and his mother was remarried the following year to Frederick Tait (b. 1854 in Durham). Together they would have two children: Frederick (b. 1907), and John William (b. 1910).
On the 1911 census Alfred and his family were now living at 132 Nile Road, Gateshead and Alfred was described as an apprentice engineer's pattern maker. He later worked in the dispatch department of a local paper before deciding to go to sea. The Titanic was his first ship. He also hoped to visit his sister Jessie who was now living in the USA with an aunt.
When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, Alfred gave his local address as 9 Dyer Road, Southampton. As a first class lift attendant he received monthly wages of £3 15s.
King died in the sinking. His body was recovered by the Mackay-Bennett (#238) and he was buried at Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia on 8 May 1912.
His watch, which has its hands frozen at 2:20 am, is still in the possession of his family. His mother Christina died in Gateshead in 1925.
References and Sources
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 (see familysearch.org)
CreditsGavin Bell, UK
Peter Engberg, UK
Bob Knuckle, Canada
Link and cite this page
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Titanic Passenger and Crew Summary
Name: Mr Alfred John Moffett King
Born: Sunday 3rd December 1893 in Gateshead Durham England
Age: 18 years (Male)
Marital Status: Single.
Last Residence: at 9 Dyer Road Southampton Hampshire England
Occupation: Lift Steward
First Embarked: Southampton
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912).
Body recovered by: Mackay-Bennett (No. 238)
Buried: Fairview Lawn Cemetery Halifax Nova Scotia Canada on Wednesday 8th May 1912.