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George Gardner

RMS Carpathia Able Seaman

George Gardner
George Gardner

Mr George Gardner was born in Liverpool, England on 5 May 1881. Hailing from a Roman Catholic family, he was baptised on 15 May 1881 in St Joseph’s Church and was the son of George Gardner and the former Mary Ann Galbert. 

In April 1912 Gardner was serving as an able seaman aboard the eastward-bound voyage of the Carpathia when that ship rescued the survivors of the Titanic

Following the Titanic disaster Gardner continued to work at sea.1

He was married on 15 June 1913 to Catherine Winters, with whom he had several children. He remained in Liverpool where he died in 1956, later being buried in Ford Cemetery (section JB, grave 178).


  1. The swastika badge he wears in the crew ID photo is very likely a good luck charm, its use here, from c.1919, predates any political associations.

Documents and Certificates

Central Register of Merchant Seamen (including CR10 Identity Cards), Southampton City Archives / National Archives, (BT348, BT349, BT350)


Brian J. Ticehurst (1996) The Titanic's rescuers : Captain Arthur Rostron and the crew of the Carpathia, (Occasional papers No.7), B & J Printers, ISBN 1871733073
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  1. Joan Godfrey

    George was an able seaman on the Carpathia which went to the rescue of the Titanic. For this he received a bronze medal, officers received silver & gold medals. He was my grandfather and as far as I know his career had always been in the Merchant Navy. He married a Catherine Winters in Liverpool and had 4 daughters. Catherine also gave birth to sons but unfortunately none lived passed the age of 2yrs as a result of Diptheria. He wrote a short summary in a notebook of the rescue of The Titanic which the family still own. This has been displayed in the Liverpool Maritime Museum at one point... Read full post

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Carpathia Crew Summary

Name: Mr George Gardner
Age: 30 years 11 months and 10 days (Male)
Nationality: English
Religion: Roman Catholic
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: Able Seaman
Ship: Carpathia
Buried: Ford Cemetery, Liverpool, Lancashire, England

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