Sidney Conrad Siebert was born in Wandsworth, London, England on 23 September 1882. He was the son of Conrad Siebert (born in Whitechapel in 1861 and of German descent) and Ann Amelia Brown (born in Brightlingsea, Essex in 1861).
Sidney first appears on the 1891 census. At this time he is living with his mother and younger brother Marcus William (b. 1884) at an address in Brightlingsea, Essex with an aunt of his mother's. His mother is listed as a widow. Sidney and his brother are with the same great aunt in the 1901 census - this time at 22 Nelson Street, Brightlingsea - but their mother is absent, possibly remarried. Sidney is unmarried and listed as a "yacht block maker".
He was married on 5 October 1907 to Winifred Rose Savage, a Brightlingsea-native who had been born on 16 December 1883. She was the sister of Titanic crewman Charles Savage.
The couple moved to Southampton sometime prior to 1909 where and when their first child was born, Winifred Ena, who survived only a few weeks. A second child would be born in 1911, Lillian Elsie1. On the 1911 census Sidney is absent but his wife and daughter reside at 33 Church Street, Shirley, Southampton.
When Sidney signed on to the Titanic he gave his address as 8 Harold Road, Southampton, the same address given by his brother-in-law Charles Savage. His previous ship had been the Oceanic. As a bedroom steward he would earn £3 15s per month.
On the night of the disaster Sidney Siebert reportedly jumped overboard with fellow-steward Andrew Cunningham and was picked out of the water and into lifeboat 4. Siebert did not last the night. If he was among the swimmers plucked into boat 4, his body may have been buried at sea.
Siebert's widow Winifred, who was pregnant at the time of the disaster, gave birth to a daughter Constance Winifred later in 1912 (baptized 11th December 1912). She never remarried and died in Solihull, Warwickshire in 1966.
The is a memorial tile to him at All Saints Church in Brightlingsea, Essex.
- Lilian Elsie Siebert married Frederick J. Browne in 1930.
- Constance Winifred Siebert married Percival H. Jones in 1936.
References and Sources
General Register Office Index of Births, Marriages and Deaths
United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List
United States Senate (62nd Congress), Subcommittee Hearings of the Committee on Commerce, Titanic Disaster, Washington 1912 Inquiry
The Brightlingsea Tiles (www.historyhouse.co.uk)
Daily Gazette (2012) (www.gazette-news.co.uk) The moving tale of my tragic Titanic relative.
Helen Barrell, UK
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