William Alfred Jeffery was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England in 1884 and his birth was registered in the first quarter of that year. He was the son of William Hoare Jeffery (1858-1917) and Alice Jane Athey (1855-?). His father was born in Southampton and his mother in Camden Town, London and they had married in Southampton in 1880.
William first appears on the 1891 census living at 16 Terminus Terrace, Southampton with his parents (his father was described as a shipbroker's clerk) and siblings: Ada Mary (b. 1881), Bertram Athey (b. 1886), Gertrude Alice (b. 1888) and Edith Annie (b. 1890). They have moved to 292 Priory Road by the time of the 1901 census and William is listed as a shipping clerk and has gained more siblings: Ernest Archibald (b. 1892), Constance May (b. 1895), Dorothy Ina (b. 1898 ) and Winifred Dora (b. 1899).
By 1911 the census shows William and his family now residing at 2 Church Lane, Highfield, Southampton and he was listed as unmarried and as a shipping store clerk.
When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 6th April, 1912, he gave his address as 1 Aspley Villa Acton, this being a Gatti address common to several of the restaurant staff. His local address was still 2 Church Lane, Highfield. His last ship had been the Olympic. As a member of the à la carte restaurant he was employed and therefore paid by Mr Gatti.
Jeffery died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.
Gavin Bell, UK