Mr Francis Rogers was born in Liverpool, England on 16 May 1887 1 and baptised in St Anne’s Church on 25 May. Born into a Roman Catholic family of Irish descent, he was the son of Bernard Rogers, a bookkeeper, and Mary McGee, of Liverpool and Upton, Cheshire, respectively. He had at least six siblings.
First working as a tea packer, Rogers joined the Royal Navy as a deck boy in May 1902 and served aboard at least eight naval vessels between then and his discharge as an ordinary seaman in June 1906. In April 1912 Rogers was an able seaman aboard the Carpathia when that ship rescued the survivors of the Titanic disaster.
Rogers later left the sea and worked in the tobacco industry; in July 1925 he was married to Mary Mitchelmore (b. September 1890) and their only child, Margaret Frances, was born in 1929.
Francis Rogers died in Liverpool in August 1948 and was buried in Yew Tree Cemetery (grave 2D 160) on 1 September.