George William MacKie was born in Lambeth, London, England in 1878; his birth was registered in the first quarter of that year and he was baptised on March 27, 1881 in St John the Evangelist Church, Lambeth. He was the son of William MacKie (1847-1911) and Mary Pocock (1844-1903). His father was from Worcestershire and his mother from Lymington, Hampshire where they married in 1870.
George had five known siblings out of a total of eight: Ida Mary (b. 1871), Grace Eleanor (b. 1875), Lydia Jane (b. 1879), Jessie Augusta (b. 1883) and Charles Herbert (b. 1886).
On the 1881 census George, his parents and siblings are listed at 11 Lower Ann Street, Lambeth and his father is described as a coach painter. The family moved to his mother's birthplace Lymington around 1882 and show up on the 1891 census living at 1 Rosetta Place.
George was married around 1900 to Mary Broomfield (b. 1876 in Uffculme, Devon). Together they would have three children: Elsie Mary (b. March 1, 1901), Jessie Martha (b. 1903) and George William (b. 1909).
George is absent from the 1901 census but his wife and daughter Elsie are listed as living with his parents at Queens Road, Lyndhurst. On the 1911 census they are still at the same Queens Road address and George is again absent. His father is now a widower, his mother having passed away in 1903. His father would pass away later in 1911.
When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as 31 Winchester Road, (Southampton). His last ship had been the Olympic. As a bedroom steward he received monthly wages of £3 15s.
Mackie died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.
George's widow and children later benefitted from the Titanic Relief Fund. His widow Mary never remarried and remained in Southampton where she died in 1956.
His son George was married in 1934 to Vera E. Prowles and they had two daughters. He is believed to have died in the early 1990s.
His daughter Elsie was married in 1927 to Horatio Harold Willis (1898-1973) and they had three children. She lived all her life in Hampshire and died in 1991 in Southampton.
His daughter Jessie was married in 1926 to Eugene Neall (1900-1964) and they had one daughter Patricia, born 1930. Jessie died in Southampton in 1939.
In April 2012 George's granddaughter Patricia Neall Watt (daughter of Jessie) was on board the MS Balmoral for the Titanic Memorial Cruise, one of around 50 descendents of Titanic passengers and crew present.
References and Sources
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Gavin Bell, UK
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