Mr George Frank Bailey 1, 45, was born in Newport, Wales in the Spring of 1866.
Although details about his early life are vague it appears that he was the son of James Bailey (b. 1839), a labourer, and his wife Annie (2) (b. 1838), although this is not certain. His father was a native of Monmouthshire whilst his mother was English, hailing from Gloucestershire. He had eight known siblings: Elizabeth (b. 1859), James (b. 1861), Mary (b. 1863), Alice Margaret (b. 1867), William (b. 1869), Louisa (b. 1871), Amy (b. 1873) and Ellen (b. 1876). The family appear on the 1871 census living at Clipper Court, St Mary, Monmouth and on the 1881 census at 2 Red Lion Court, Monmouth.
He was married in Hampshire to Eliza Martha Turnbull (b. 1864 in Gosport, Hampshire) in the latter half of 1886. Their son, George, had been born earlier that year. They would have a total of nine children but would lose two in infancy. Their known offspring were: George (b. 1886), Stephen Thomas (1887-1958), Eliza Alice (1889-1972, later Mrs Wilson George Bundy), Ellen Mabel (1892-1952, later Mrs Ernest Tilley), Sarah Ann (1896-1987, later Mrs George Terrill), Frank Alfred (b. 1902) and Frederick Joseph (1906-1971).
George and his family appear on the 1891 census living at Mill Lane in Alverstoke and he was described as a Private in the Royal Monmouthshire Militia. He would be absent from the 1901 and 1911 censuses, perhaps indicating he was already at sea, but his family were shown living at 11 Elm Grove, Alverstoke and 74 Priory Road, Hardway, Gosport respectively.
When George signed on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, he gave his local address as 16 Brook Road, Woolston and his previous ship as the Wellbury. As a fireman he could expect to earn monthly wages of £6.
George Frank Bailey died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.
His widow Eliza was remarried in 1919 to Frederick William Churcher (1874-1941), a widower who worked as an ordnance labourer. The couple remained living in Gosport and Eliza died there in 1933. George's last known surviving child was his daughter Sarah Ann who died in Portsmouth in 1987 aged 91.
- Often listed as G. W. Bailey. On the crew agreements his handwriting is shown as being quite poor but can be discerned as Geo. Bailey and not G. W. Bailey.
- Census reports differ over her name: 1861, Hannah; 1871, Annie; 1881, Frances. Furthermore, modern-day "family" suggest he had other familial origins which, for the time-being, cannot be verified.
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