Leopold Adolphus Maskell was born in 1886 in Southampton, Hampshire, England. He was the son of John Maskell (b. 1834) and Mary Ann Savage (b. 1835). His father, a tailor, was a native of Shaftesbury, Dorset and his mother from Bishopwalton, Hampshire and they had married in 1856 in Portsea, Hampshire. Leopold had at least nine siblings: Alice Ann (b. 1860), John (b. 1862), Albert (b. 1863), Esther (b. 1865), Alice (b. 1867), Rosina (b. 1869), George (b. 1871), Harry (b. 1875) and Joseph (b. 1877).
On the 1891 census Leopold, his father and several of his siblings were resident at 6 York Square, St Mary, Southampton. Leopold's mother died only a few months after he was born and his father passed away in 1899. He shows up on the 1901 census as the "stepson" of Benjamin Stanley Young and Esther Young (his sister) at 15 Lime Street, Southampton.
Leopold was married in Southampton in early 1909 to Nellie Louisa Amelia Hoare who had been born in 1891 in Poole, Dorset. Their first child Benjamin Adolphus had been born a year earlier in Southampton on 18 December 1907, his birthname being registered as Hoare. Their second child Ivy Amelia was born in July 6, 1910.
On the 1911 census Leopold and his family are living at 26 Albert Road, Southampton. He is described as a railway docks labourer.
When Leopold signed-on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as 26 Albert Road, Southampton. As a trimmer he received monthly wages of £5 10. His previous ship had been the Kenilworth.
Leopold Maskell died in the Titanic disaster. His body, if recovered, was never identified.
His widow Nellie was remarried in 1915 to Richard William Wyeth (b. 1888 in Southampton), brother of Titanic victim James Robert Wyeth. She was again remarried in 1934 to George Smith before her death in 1957 in Southampton.
Leopold's son Ben was married in 1933 to Edith Brown and he passed away in Southampton in 1997. His daughter Ivy was married in Southampton 1929 to Henry Bailey and she died in 1996, also in Southampton.
Gavin Bell, UK