Franceso Luigi Arcangelo Nannini was born at 2 pm on 3 February 1870 in Marradi, Tuscany, Italy. He was the son of Antonio Nannini and Giuseppina Albonetti.
Nannini moved to Florence on 20 May 1884 and on 26 August 1893 he married Emilia Bargellini (b. 1866). They moved to London, England shortly after and welcomed their only child, Antonio (Anthony James) in 1895.
Francesco and his family appear on the 1901 census of England living at an address in Chelsea, London and he is described as a restaurant server. The 1911 census shows he and his family now living at 33 Aubert Park, Islington, London and he is described as a restaurant superintendant. Also present at this address as a boarder was another Titanic crewman, Ugo Banfi, who was also described as a restaurant worker.
When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, Francesco gave his address as 33 Aubert Park, Finsbury North (London). The Titanic was his first ship and he boarded on 10 April.
Nannini died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.
His widow Emilia never remarried and remained living in London, her last address being 71 Oxford Road, Carshalton, Surrey. She died on 10 December 1930.
Francesco's son Antonio (who later refashioned his name to Anthony James Louis Palmer Nannini) later joined the army and would serve in both World Wars. He was married in 1921 to Ada Edna Welburn (1896-1970) but would have no children. He later settled in Bournemouth, Hampshire at 83 Bath Hill Court and died on 24 February 1947.
1. Senate report says 33 Aubert Park, Highbury Hill.
References and Sources
Particulars of Engagement, Public Record Office (BT100/259)
Report United State Senate n° 806, Crew List, 1912.
Pier L. Bargellini
Gavin Bell, UK
Claudio Mazza, Italy
Hermann Söldner, Germany
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