Mr Frank Alfred James Hall

Mr Frank Alfred James Hall 1 was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England over the closing months of 1871.

He was the son of John Francis Hall (1828-1882) and Ann Grant Jillard Guard (1843-1920). His father, a native of Southwark, London, was a gunner in the Royal Navy and was married in Devon in 1862 to Annie Guard who hailed from Christchurch, Hampshire. He had two known siblings: Louise Frances (b. 1874) and Annie Emily Guard (b. 1877).

In the months prior to Frank's birth his parents were listed as living at 10 Simpson Road, Portsea, Hampshire. His father seemingly later left the Navy and became a publican, running the Spread Eagle Inn on Turnpike Road, Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire and the family were listed here on the 1881 census. His father John died in London in 1882 and his mother never remarried.

Frank, like his father, joined the Royal Navy and by the time of the 1891 census he was listed as crew (assistant the ship's steward) aboard the Minster, then docked at Sheerness, Kent. He was married in Islington, London--albeit still a resident of Sheerness--on 18 January 1897 to Daisy Anderson (b. 1874), a native of Hampstead, London but it is not clear if the couple had any children.

Frank was listed on the 1911 census living at 70 Sydney Road, Shirley, Southampton with his aunt Mary Guard and a cousin, Reginald Frecknall, and he was described as a married steward in the mercantile marine.

When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, Frank gave his address as 70 Sydney Street, (Southampton). His previous ship had been the Olympic and as a scullion he received monthly wages of £3, 10s.

Frank Hall died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.


  1. Often erroneously listed as Frank Alfred Jillard Hall

References and Sources

Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)

Gavin Bell, UK

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