George Charles Dodd was born in Westminster, London, England on 21 August 1867 and was baptised on 15 September that year at Lancaster Gate Christ Church, Westminster. At the time of his birth his parents, George Dodd(1837-1901) and Charlotte Firman (1841-1912), were resident at 7 Queen's Mews. Both natives of Middlesex, George and Charlotte had married in 1865.
His known siblings were Amy (b. 1866), Ada (b. 1870), Albert (b. 1871), Florence (b. 1874), Ethel Charlotte (b. 1878), Ernest Victor (b. 1880) and Richard Firman (b. 1882).
On the 1871 census George is not with his family but his mother and siblings are listed at 7 Queen's Mews. They are listed at 40 Palace Street, St Margaret, London on the 1881 census and his father is now described as a barkeeper. George is absent from the following 1891 census but his family were listed as living at 39-41 Palace Street and his father was still a licensed victualler.
George was married in Hereford in early 1899 to Edith Mary Parry (b. 1867 in Hereford) and they went on to have two children: George Edward (b. 6 July 1898) and Leslie Charles (b. 12 March 1902), both born in Cheshire.
On the 1901 census George is absent but his wife and first child are living at 17 Oxford Road, Liscard, Cheshire. By the time of the 1911 census George and his family are by now living at 59 Morris Road, Southampton and he is described as a mariner.
Dodd initially joined the Titanic in Belfast for the delivery trip to Southampton. When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April, 1912 he gave his address as 59 Morris Road, (Southampton). His last ship had been the Olympic. As second steward he received monthly wages of £10.
During the evacuation Dodd was instrumental in directing passengers to the lifeboats. First class masseuse Maude Slocombe recalled encountering Dodd in a passageway and he urged her to get dressed and go up on deck immediately. When pressed for an explanation he confessed he did not know what the urgency was about. Other crew members would recount encountering Dodd throughout the night.
George Dodd himself perished in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified. He is remembered on a family gravestone in Wallasey Cemetery, Wallasey, Cheshire.
His widow Edith never remarried and relocated to Cheshire, later living at 45 Barn Hey Crescent, Meols where she died on 23 March 1950, leaving her estate valued at £8678 19s 10d to her son Leslie, then a traffic manager.
George's son George Edward died in Salford, Manchester in 1976 and his son Leslie Charles died in Wirral, Cheshire in 1974.
George brother Richard would later lose his life on board the HMS Laurentic when that ship sank on 25 January 1917 following collision with two mines near Lough Swilly in Ireland.
References and Sources
Daily Sketch 18 April 1912
Particulars of Engagement (Belfast), Ulster Folk and Transport Museum (TRANS 2A/45 381)
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Gavin Bell, UK
Chris Dohany, USA
Articles and Stories
Titanic Research (2008)