Mr Reginald George Smith

Reginald George Smith was born in Weymouth, Dorset, England in 1879 and his birth was registered in the third quarter of that year.

He was the son of William and Mary Ann Smith (b. 1845 in Plymouth, Devon) and he had three elder brothers that are known of: Walter James (b. 1873), Francis Henry (b. 1875) and William John (b. 1876). Little is known about his father but he is believed to have been a mariner, not appearing with his family on any census records.

Reginald appears with his family on the 1881 census living at 5 Salisbury Terrace, Melcombe Regis, Dorset and would be listed as a pupil at a Roman Catholic School, Park House, Creswell Park, Charlton, London. By the time of the 1901 census he was employed as a footman, residing at "The Hall," Willesley, Leicestershire, likely a large mansion owned by a wealthy family. When he went to sea is not certain but when the 1911 census was conducted he and his by-now widowed mother were living at 6 Roman Street, Southampton and Reginald was described as an unmarried ship's steward. His mother indicated that relied on her son for financial support.

When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, Reginald gave his address as 46 Stafford Road, (Southampton). His last ship had been the Olympic and as a saloon steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s.

Smith died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.

His brother Walter was later the Right Reverend Aloysius Smith and First Abbot of Bodmin. He died in 1960 aged 86.

References and Sources

Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)

Credits
Gavin Bell, UK

Articles and Stories

Bodmin Priests Bereaved

West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser  (1912) 

BODMIN PRIESTS BEREAVED

 
1891 Census, Charlton, London

(1891) 

1891 CENSUS, CHARLTON, LONDON

 
Reginald George Smith & Hugh Walter McElroy

REGINALD GEORGE SMITH & HUGH WALTER MCELROY

 
The Rt. Rev. Aloysius Smith

The Times  (1960) 

THE RT. REV. ALOYSIUS SMITH

 
1881 Census, Weymouth, Dorset

(1881) 

1881 CENSUS, WEYMOUTH, DORSET

 
The Fears of Relatives : Inhabitants of Bodmin

Western Morning News  (1912) 

THE FEARS OF RELATIVES : INHABITANTS OF BODMIN

 
1901 Census, Willersley, Leicestershire

(1901) 

1901 CENSUS, WILLERSLEY, LEICESTERSHIRE

 
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