William Victor Cherrett was born in Freemantle, Hampshire, England in 1887 and his birth was registered in the June quarter of that year. He was the son of William Cherrett (1851-1933) and Rose Goodey (1851-1933) who had been married 24 August 1872. His father is believed to have been from Southampton, Hampshire and his mother originally from Sheerness, Kent.
William was one of nine children, with seven living past infancy. His known siblings were: Henry William (b. 1876), Rose Elizabeth (b. 1880), Alice Maud (b. 1883), George Frederick (b. 1885), Harry (b. 1890), Arthur (b. 1892) and Eva (b. 1894).
William's father is believed to have been a merchant marine fireman and does not appear on any census reports with his family. William first appears on the 1891 census when he, his mother and siblings are living at 9 Nelson Road, Millbrook, Hampshire. They have moved a few doors up to number 13 Nelson Road by the time of the 1901 census. By this time William, aged 13, has already left school and is working as an errand boy. His family are still at this address in the 1911 census but William is absent, perhaps at sea.
When William signed-on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as 13 Nelson Road, Freemantle, Southampton. His last ship had been the Orotava. As a fireman he received monthly wages of £6.
William Cherrett, who was unmarried, died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.
William's parents both continued to live in Southampton and both died in the 1930s.
Gavin Bell, UK