Albert Edward Blackman was born in Eastleigh, Hampshire, England in 1889 and his birth was registered in the June quarter of that year. He was the son of Henry Edwin Blackman (1856-1901) and Clara Button (1857-1930). His father was originally from Cleeve, Wiltshire and his mother from Blandford, Dorset and they were married in Winchester, Hampshire in mid-1880. They first settled in Winchester and later moved to Basingstoke, then Eastleigh and eventually settled in Southampton around 1895.
Albert had eight known siblings: Walter Sidney (b. 1881), Priscilla Ellen (b. 1882), Horace Wilmot (b. 1884), Arthur Andrews (b. 1886), Charles (b. 1891), Clara (b. 1894), Hilda Constance (b. 1896) and Thomas (b. 1900).
Albert first appears on the 1891 census when he and his family were living at 8 Barton Cottage, Eastleigh, Hampshire and his father was described as a coachman. His father passed away in early 1901 and on the census taken that year, Albert, recently his widowed mother and siblings were listed as living at 58 College Street, Southampton. His mother was remarried in Southampton in 1905 to George Richard Slade (b. 1861 in Dorset), a ship's painter, and would remain at the 58 College Street address, appearing here on the 1911 census. Albert was absent, perhaps already at sea.
When Albert signed on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as the 58 College Street, Southampton. His previous ship had been the Atrato. As a fireman he could expect monthly wages of £6.
Albert Blackman, who was unmarried, died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.
His mother Clara continued to live in Southampton, later living at 170 Warren Avenue, Shirley, where she died on 14 November 1930.
Gavin Bell, UK