He was involved in one of the most famous incidents on board the sinking Titanic but very little is known about his Liverpool roots.
Now curators of Merseyside Maritime Museum’s exciting new exhibition Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story — opening on 30 March 2012 — are appealing for information about Victor Giglio of 22 Linnet Lane near the city’s Sefton Park.
It's not difficult for me to imagine. There were lots of sacrifices that night. From women choosing to stay with their husbands to men helping others get in the boats when they could have themselves. J.J. Astor's valet Victor Robbins went down with the ship too.Not directly related to that article, but coincidentally, I was thinking about Victor Giglio just earlier today. It started with Steward Etches' encounter with Guggenheim and Giglio in the former's cabin after the collision.
Benjamin Guggenheim was heard (by whom?) to remark towards the end that they - Giglio and himself - had dressed in their best and were prepared to go down like gentlemen. There have even been remarks that people saw the two sitting on deck chairs calmly sipping brandy and smoking cigars. In any case, neither man survived.
I have often wondered about Giglio's mindset in the situation in which he found himself. He was a Liverpudlian of Italian descent and a "gentleman" only by the virtue of the fact that he was Guggenheim's valet. Did he feel compelled to follow his master's example - maybe even coerced? It is difficult for me to imagine that Giglio (RIP) voluntarily offered to remain on board with his boss and not even try to get a place on the boat.
What are others' thoughts on this?