Gérald Grosclaude, 24, an unmarried confectioner, was born on 7 October 1887 at Fleurier, Switzerland. In 1905 he went to England. He was an apprentice confectioner at G. Kunz "Chalet Suisse" at Cheltenham. He worked at various hotels until 1912 and tried to get a job on the Titanic. Grosclaude was employed by Luigi Gatti as assistant coffee man. Grosclaude was a friend of Johannes Vögelin-Dubach. His wages were £1 a week. He signed on April 6th. At this time he lived at the same adress as Vögelin - 8 Lumber Court, London WC. He began work on the Titanic on 6th April 1912. The same evening Grosclaude wrote a postcard to his father at Fleurier.
"We are now at Southampton and sail on wednesday 10th to New York. You can imagine how many troubles we have till all is stowed away what we need."
Gérald Grosclaude died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.
His father Charles-Eugène Grosclaude-Hirschy first heard from his sons death from a letter, written by lawyer J. Edgell Seark, London. Lina Vögelin-Dubach said that there were left savings of 14s 6d. At the beginning of June 1912 Charles Grosclaude received £20 from the Lord Mayor's Fund. From White Star he got the outstanding wages of 17s 2d. Subsequesntly he received another £40 from the Lord Mayor's Fund and White Star paid compensation of £50.
References and Sources
Günter Bäbler (1998) Reise auf der Titanic. Chronos, Zürich
Hermann Söldner, Germany