William Aubrey Willsher was born in Titchfield, Hampshire, England in 1878. His birth was registered in the September quarter of that year and he was Christened on September 8, 1878. His parents were William A. Willsher (1850-1912), a seaman, and Charlotte Willsher (1851-1937). The family are still resident in Titchfield at the time of the 1881 census and William resides with his parents and siblings: Elsie, Edith and Herbert.
William was married in Southampton in late 1903 to Charlotte Emily Ada Lovejoy (born in South Stoneham August 11, 1885). By the time of the 1911 census The Willshers were living at 3 Fawn Cottages, Johnson Street, Southampton and had four children still living out of a total of seven.
Amy Emily Elsie (b. 15 Nov 1903), Aubrey Henry (b. 21 Apr 1906), Gertrude Henrietta (b. 1909) and Emily Alexandra Rose (b. 22 Jul 1910).
When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as 8 Britannia Road, Southampton. His last ship had been the St Paul. As assistant butcher he received monthly wages of £4 10s.
William Willsher died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.
His father passed away only a few months after him.
William's widow was remarried in 1928 to Arthur Murphy. She died in Southampton in 1969.
Daughter Amy was married in 1922 to Leonard Easter. She died in Southampton in 1983. Aubrey married in 1930 to Dorris Riddle; he died in 1994 in Southampton. Gertrude married in 1930 to Richard Windebank; it's not clear when she died. Emily married in 1934 to Charles Frost; she died in 1993 in Southampton.
References and Sources
Alphabetical List of the Crew of the "Titanic", Public Record Office (BT100/259)
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Casualty List, Public Record Office (BT100/259)
Gavin Bell, UK