George Herbert Hinckley was born in Mickleover, Derbyshire, England in the second half of 1872 and was baptised on 4 August that same year. He was the son of Herbert John Hinckley (1842-1884), a veterinary surgeon, and Mary Ann Holmes (1849-1884). His parents, both Derbyshire-natives, had been married in early 1871.
George had five known siblings: John Thomas (b. 1873), Ida Mary (b. 1876), Augusta Annie (b. 1877), Jane Elizabeth (b. 1879) and Ellen Fanny (b. 1881).
George first appears on the 1881 census. He and his family were then living at Sutton on Hill, Derbyshire. His parents died within months of each other in 1884 and he and his siblings were taken in by their maternal grandparents, John Brooks Holmes and his wife Elizabeth, who were resident in Mickleover and would be listed there on the 1891 census. George is not present and is likely to have left school when he came of age and commenced work. He is listed elsewhere as a servant (hall boy) in the employ of the wealthy Colonel Edmund Arthur Le Gendre Starkie and his family at Huntroyde Hall, Padiham, Simonstone, Lancashire. The 1901 census would see George still working for wealthy families, now as a footman. His employer this time was the shipping agent Frederick James Harrison at Maer Hall, Maer, Staffordshire.
George commenced work with the White Star Line around 1906 and served on various ships including Olympic.
When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as 2 Oxford Street, (Southampton). His last ship had been the Olympic. As a second class steward he received monthly wages of £3 15s. George was reportedly also on board Titanic for her delivery trip from Belfast to Southampton and later recounted to his sister that the run was smooth and steady and that Titanic was much superior to her sister, a ship he found "unlucky."
George Hinckley, who was unmarried, died in the sinking. His body was recovered by the Mackay-Bennett (#66) and buried at sea on 22 April 1912.
N0. 66. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 50. - HAIR, DARK.
CLOTHING - Blue serge suit; blue striped flannel shirt; black boots and socks.
EFFECTS - Silver watch and chain; match box, "G.H."; bunch of keys; letters to
PROBABLY SECOND CLASS BATH STEWARD. NAME - G. HINCKLEY.
References and Sources
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
White Star Line (1912.) Record of Bodies and Effects (Passengers and Crew S.S. "Titanic") Recovered by Cable Steamer "MacKay Bennett"
Gavin Bell, UK
Peter Engberg, Sweden
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Nottingham Daily Express (1912)