William Peter Mayo was born in mid-1884 in Limehouse, London, England. He was the son of Peter Mayo (1856-1919) and Rose Prudence Onions (1865-1937), both London-natives who had married on May 18, 1884 in St James The Great Church, Bethnal Green.
William was one of seventeen children born to his parents with only five living past early infancy. His known siblings were: James (b. 1896), Ada (b. 1898), Charles (b. 1901), Thomas (b. 1903) and Alice (b. 1910).
The family don't seem to appear on the 1891 census, but on the 1901 census a 17-year-old William is living with his family at 29 Warmington Street, West Ham, Essex. His father is described as a wood chopper and William as a trimmer (?).
William was married in Southampton in late-1909 to Eliza Ford (b. 1888 in Southampton) and their son William James was born in 1910. On the 1911 census William and his family were living at the Post Office, 4 Cable Street, Northam Road, Southampton and he was listed as a fireman.
When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as 24 Cable St., Southampton and his previous ship as the Oruba. His wages were £6 10s per month.
Mayo died in the sinking. His body was recovered by the Mackay-Bennett (#177) and was buried at sea.
NO. 177. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 40. - FAIR HAIR AND MOUSTACHE.
CLOTHING - Green coat; grey flannel shirt; Dungaree pants; no socks; engine room shoes.
EFFECTS - D. S. F. Union Book, No. 628.
A child was born to William and his wife in the second quarter of 1912, a daughter named Evaline, who lived only a short while, possibly only days. William's widow Eliza's fate is uncertain.
His son William was married in Southampton in 1932 to Laura Evelyn Deacon but they appear to have had no children. He later signed up to the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and served during WWII. He was killed in action on April 7, 1944 and is buried in Caserta War Cemetery, Italy.
References and Sources
Crew Particulars of Engagement
White Star Line (1912.) Record of Bodies and Effects (Passengers and Crew S.S. "Titanic") Recovered by Cable Steamer "MacKay Bennett" Including Bodies Buried at Sea and Bodies Delivered at Morgue in Halifax, N.S.
United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List
Gavin Bell, UK
Hermann Söldner, Germany
Bill Wormstedt, USA