Augustus George Stanbrook was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England in the second half of 1881. He was the son of Alfred Stanbrook (b. 1855) and his wife Elizabeth Jane, née Dixon (b. 1854). His father hailed from Southampton and his mother from Jersey in the Channel Islands and they had married in 1879.
He was one of nine children born to his parents, his known siblings being: William Henry (b. 1883), James (b. 1886), Albert Edward (b. 1889), Richard Thomas (b. 1891), Charles Samuel (b. 1894), and Elizabeth Louisa (b. 1897).
For reasons unknown there are no signs of the family on the 1881 and 1891 census returns (possibly due to confusion over the surname). On the 1901 census Augustus and his family were residing at 36 York Street, St Mary, Southampton and Augustus would spend the rest of his life at this address. At the time of this census he was described as a general labourer and his father as a shipyard iron hammer man (possibly a riveter?). Augustus was absent from the following 1911 census.
When he signed on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as 36 York Street, (Southampton). His last ship had been the Olympic. As a fireman he could expect to earn monthly wages of £6.
Grave in Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Halifax, N.S. (© Bob Knuckle, Canada).
Augustus died in the sinking. His body was later recovered (#316) by the Minia and he was buried at Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was also remembered on a memorial in St Augustine's Church, Northam, Southampton.
His mother later passed away in 1925 and his father in 1945 (?).
White Star Line (1912.) Record of Bodies and Effects (Passengers and Crew S.S. "Titanic") Recovered by Cable Steamer "MacKay Bennett" Including Bodies Buried at Sea and Bodies Delivered at Morgue in Halifax, N.S.
Chris Dohany, USA