Percy Pook


Steve Coombes

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This may be of interest to gravestone inscription enthusiasts.
Today via UK Probate Index I found that Percy's father, Henry Pook died at 112 Alexandra Rd, Mutley, Plymouth, Devon on 5 November 1908.
If he was buried in a nearby cemetery he may have a gravestone which might contain a memorial to Percy....
 

Steve Coombes

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The following item appeared in the Torquay Directory newspaper on 15 May 1912.
"One of the stewards on board the Titanic was a son of the late organist and choirmaster of a church in Torquay. He leaves an aged widowed mother, who was dependent upon him. His sister narrates a strange dream. She says that for several nights prior to the disaster she dreamed of a wreck at sea. She saw people lowered into boats, persons struggling in the water, and a ship going round and round, and many other details which afterwards her husband saw narrated in the papers. The dream anticipated events in actual detail. The husband, who heard the story almost daily, said that he hoped nothing was going to happen to his brother-in-law at sea."
At the moment I have no idea to whom the article relates. The following possibilities from the Devon crew I am currently aware of have been discounted for the following reasons -
Frank Allsop - the family left Torquay by 1870 and his father had returned to live at his village of birth, Tissington, Derbyshire by 1901 and did not die until 6/4/1917.
Edward Parsons - although his mother was in Torquay in 1912 his father had died in Plymouth on 17/2/1892.
Percy Pook - his father died in Plymouth 5/11/1908
Charles Reed - only really an outsider from the start but it couldn't be him as his father was still living at 1912.
So, the question is, does anyone have any thoughts as to whom the article refers?
 

Brian Meister

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Hello Steve,

The answer is Percy Pook. His father is
listed in the 1891 Devon census as a 47
year old "Organist". Also listed is Kate
Pook and their 9 children, including Percy.

Thanks for sharing the story. Now...
I wonder which sister had the dream?
Does it mention her Christian name?

Best Regards...let's chat sometime.

Brian M
 

Steve Coombes

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Brian
I seem to have missed this somehow, where were the family in 1891?
I'm pretty sure I had found the correct Henry Pook who died in Plymouth on 5/11/1908. So when were they in Torquay, I suppose Kate moved back after being widowed in 1908?
As for the dreamer the article is as it is in the paper, ie totally anonymous..
 

Brian Meister

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Steve,

At the time of the census, the family
resided at 10 St Marks'Place, Forwood,
Torquay, Devonshire. I cannot tell you of
the familys' movememnts; you are far better
than I at that. In 1901, the family was
residing at 83 Alexandra Rd, Torquay, and
by that time, Annie, the eldest daughter
was a Mrs Tilbury.

Best
 

Steve Coombes

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Brian
Thank you, a few corrections though, their 1891 Torquay address was in Torwood and near to their 1881 address which was Park View, Torquay. (I do wonder if I might ultimately find the church at which Henry was an organist/choirmaster as this might have a memorial to him and perhaps Percy?)
In 1901 their address was indeed 83 Alexandra Road but in Plymouth rather than Torquay. Between 1901 and 1908 the family had moved within that same road to number 112 where Henry Pook (the painter/decorator & organist) died.
I was today in contact with Plymouth Cemeteries to see if there is a gravestone for him which may have a memorial to Percy, I should know more next week.
Now we know the news item is Pook related I will upload it to Percy's page with a suitable footnote, thanks again.
Steve
 
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A namesake of mine, P POOK died on the Titanic. If anyone has any further information than already provided on this web site, I will be grateful to have it. He was 34, single, born in Plymouth, and his last address was in Southampton.
He is listed as being a Pantry Cook, second level.
Any information about this job title will also be welcome.
thanks - John
 

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Hallo, John. Percy Pook was an Assistant Pantryman, one of three working in the 2nd Class pantry under the supervision of Chief Pantryman Wilfred Seward. While Seward survived the sinking, all three of his assistants died. Their pay was the same as that of the stewards - £3 15s for the voyage, but without the extra potential of tips. In terms of modern spending power, the equivalent wage today would be about £200 per month.

The pantrymen were not cooks. The pantry was an area where dishes were stored and then 'loaded' with a variety of cooked foods delivered in bulk from the kitchens, to be ready for collection by waiters.

I don't know much about Percy himself. I believe that before he went to sea he worked behind the counter of a grocery shop in Plymouth - a job with more security, perhaps, but less pay. His father Henry was a housepainter, and his mother's name was Kate. His brother Henry might have been a professional musician. Does that (excuse the pun) ring any bells?


[Moderator's Note: This message and the one above it have been moved here from another thread dealing with a different crew member. MAB]
 

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