Erroll Victor McGaw was born in mid-1882 in Aldershot, Hampshire England and his birth was registered in Farnham in the June quarter of that year. He was the son of Robert McGaw (1858-1887) and Ellen Wills Boxer (b. 1859). His father hailed from Farnham, Surrey and his mother from Folkstone, Kent and they had married in Farnham in 1880. The couple went on to have three children: Robert William (b. 1880), Agnes Isabella (b. 1885) and Erroll. Erroll's father Robert died in 1887 in London.
Erroll first appears on the 1891 census with his widowed mother and siblings at 20 St John's Street in Folkstone, Kent, the home of a Mr James Oliver Watson, a boot maker. Erroll's mother is described as the married Mr Watson's housekeeper. The two would however be married in 1898 in Southampton, Mr Watson's wife having died sometime before. Erroll is not present on the 1901 census but his mother and sister are present with his stepfather at Ivy Cottage, Ash Tree Road, South Stoneham, Southampton.
Erroll was married in mid-1902 to Mary Anne Frances Clarke, born November 29, 1882 in St Denys, Hampshire, England. Together they would have three children: Florence Ellen "Nellie" (b. December 27, 1903), Erroll Frederick (b. March 24, 1905) and Dorothy Mabel (b. March 29, 1909).
On the 1911 census Erroll is living with his family at 30 Queenstown Road, Freemantle, Southampton and his profession is described as a baker's nawman. When he signed on to the Titanic he gave his address as 6 Broadlands Road, Southampton and his previous ship as the Oceanic.
Erroll McGaw died in the Titanic disaster and his body, if recovered, was never identified.
His widow Mary Ann was never remarried. She continued to live in Hampshire and died in Winchester in 1971 having been a widow for nearly 60 years. Erroll's children also all remained in Hampshire. Florence Ellen was married in 1928 to Herbert Dacombe and she died in 1987 in Winchester. Erroll Frederick was married in 1930 to Violet Nother; he died in Southampton in 1988. Dorothy Mabel was married in 1933 to Albert Yarney. She died in 1983 in Winchester.
Gavin Bell, UK
Photo courtesy of Jenny Harvey