Mr Albert Gordon Cole (sometimes listed as Cale) was born in Walton, Liverpool, England on 12 October 1886. One of five children—three girls and two boys—he was the son of George Cole, a ship’s steward originally from Devon, and the former Emily Davies of Liverpool. By 1911 Cole and his family had been living at 230 Bedford Road in Bootle for several years.
Following in the footsteps of his father, Cole went to sea as a steward sometime prior to 1909 and is shown working as a waiter aboard Carmania that year. In April 1912 he was 2nd saloon steward aboard the Carpathia when that ship rescued the survivors of the Titanic disaster.
Cole continued to work at sea for many years; in 1923 he married Florence Cusack (b. June 1884) but they had no children.
Albert Cole died in Liverpool in 1957.