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Hi, did steward Faulkner had his section on C-deck forward, where the Allisons had their cabins? In his memoirs, Faulkner remembered the story about Howard Case who was transferred from his cabin
E-66 to a stateroom on C-deck. The question is: if Faulkner waited on for Mr Case, that would immediatly means that Case had his stateroom on the port side, forward, on C-deck? It would be more easy to put him in a specific cabin, no? Many thanks for the person who can help me!
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Charles
 
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I couldn't help but notice there was a person named Willam S Faulkner on the Titanic-

Faulkner was my mother's mother's family name- my great Grand father Arthur Newton Faulkner moved to the US from Great Britian in 1918.

I realize Faulkner is a common family name-
But I'm curious- there just MIGHT be a chance, however slim, that I am related to this chap who was on the Titanic. Any suggestions as to how I might determine if the Faulkners in my family were related to the Faulkner on Titanic?

Does anyone have any interesting details about Mr. Faulkner's life?
 

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Faulkner was a bedroom steward in 1st Class, not a passenger. His chief claim to fame was that he helped Alice Cleaver and Trevor Allison into a lifeboat (then boarded himself).

He was born in Birkenhead (near Liverpool) and never left the UK except in the course of his duties at sea, which continued until the 1940s. In 1912 there were around 12,000 people in the UK called Faulkner. Figure the odds for a connection! If you still think it's worth bothering, work backwards from yourself to establish your own family genealogy and see who turns up.

But in reality a coincidence of name doesn't mean much. Anybody who works out their family tree in sufficient detail will find that, by the time they've got back 100 years, they are related to hundreds of different surnames, probably including several which appear on the Titanic's crew or passenger lists. It's only the really uncommon name connections (there were only about 40 Lightollers in the UK, for instance) which are worth looking into.
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Well, if you go far enough back, we are all related in one way or another- But I must admit, discovering a Faulkner was on board- and possibly a distant relative, makes me feel closer to Titanic. My other family names, Stephanos, Smithers & Coyle don't appear on titanic's passenger list- so I doubt any ancestors in those families were on Titanic- But as for Faulkner, it's a possibility...
 

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Speaking of coincidence - I had a great uncle Fred who worked as a steward on passenger liners prior to the First World War, but I could find no trace of him after the last available census returns in 1901. His full name was Frederick Charles Simmons. One of the Titanic victims was a steward called Frederick C Simmons, who was the same age as Uncle Fred. A connection for sure, I thought. But eventually a family member remembered old Fred turning up at a family gathering in the 1930s. I was of course most disappointed to learn that Uncle Fred had not died a horrible death in the North Atlantic. :) After that I gave up looking for family connections!
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It must be tricky for any person named 'Smith' to determine if they were related to any of the 'Smiths' on Titanic, seeing how 'Smith' is the most common English name..(or is it Jones?)
There must be millions of Smiths worldwide.....

My mothers maiden name was Smithers, which is a variation of Smith...


I didn't realze there were so few Faulkners in the UK....
 

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There were around half a million Smiths here in the UK in 1912. And about a quarter of a million Jones. For names which are not especially common (like Faulkner, Godfrey and Simmons) 10-20.000 is typical. The one representative of your own clan who'd appeared on the previous census - Alvis Stephanos - had moved on!
 
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Next month I will be attending a Faulkner family get together- (my mother's mother's family were the Faulkners).

A cousin is trying to trace our family tree, and make note of all the related Faulkners who were famous in their own right, or were involved in historic events-

I'd like to determine if the Faulkner on the Titanic was a relative of mine..

The bio on Mr Faulkner on ET is miniscule- does anyone know details of Mr Faulkner's life- the name of his parents-or kids; where he lived in England, when and where he died, and if there is a known photo of him? This information may already exist on ET- I just haven't been able to find it...
Many thanks

Tarn Stephanos
 
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Hello Tarn-
Here is my print out on Mr. Faulkner - I hope that it helps?
Cheers Brian
FAULKNER, WILLIAM STEPHEN. Saved in Lifeboat number 11. Lived at 16 Malmesbury Road, Shirley, Southampton. Occupation- Bedroom Steward. 33 years old. (Born in Birkenhead). Ship before the RMS Titanic was the RMS Celtic.
(From the Birkenhead News April 20th 1912)
Mr. William Faulkner Reported safe.
Probably among the best known of the Birkenhead members of the crew of the Titanic is Mr. William Faulkner, who was a steward on board the ship. Mr. Faulkner is the son of Mr. Samuel Faulkner, steward of the Birkenhead Constitutional Club, who is exceedingly well known to Birkonians as late groundsman to the Birkenhead Park Cricket Club.
His son William Faulkner, is 33 years of age, and is married, his home being in Mounsey Road, Birkenhead. He has been in the service of the White Star Line for a some considerable time, and was prior to joining the Titanic a Steward on board the Celtic. We reproduce a photo in this issue showing Faulkner on board the Celtic, with another member of the crew and a lady passenger. Mr. Faulkner has had considerable experience of life on the ocean, being formerly in the service of the Pacific and Booth Lines. It is interesting to recall that Mr. Faulkner's brother, Charles, who is now on the ss Herefordshire, was a member of the crew of the ss Republic when that vessel collided with the Italian steamer Florida, about 170 miles east of New York. Mr. William Faulkner has himself had some exciting experiences at sea.
The greatest anxiety has been felt as to the safety of Mr. Faulkner by his parents and wife, who have been daily in communication with the White Star Line offices in Liverpool. Yesterday their feelings were somewhat set at rest by a cablegram received by Mr. Faulkners wife - it read - ''Safe, Willie''.

Later article in same paper 20th April 1912
Local Survivors
Birkenhead People Among The Saved
Yesterday at noon Mr. Sam Faulkner of Birkenhead crossed over to Liverpool to the offices of the White Star Co., to hear if tidings had been received of the fate of his son, Mr. William Faulkner. As was reported in our Wednesday's issue, this young man was a steward on board the ill-fated liner. That journey of Mr. Faulkner's was one of many, and was as fruitless as the rest. The officials could not state that his son was numbered among the survivors. An hour or two later a telegraph messenger knocked at the door of Mr. Faulkner's residence in Mounsel Road, Higher Tranmere. Mrs. Faulkner received from him a cablegram which gave her the most pleasurable shock of her life. It read ''Safe, Returning Lapland''. The cablegram was handed in at New York at 10.55 am (American time), and came through Charing Cross Post Office.
After the anguish of the last few days the message came as a great relief to Mrs. William Faulkner, and to the young man's father and mother, and his large circle of acquaintances in Birkenhead. Mrs Faulkner, we understand, intends to frame the cablegram.
 
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I just discovered I am related to 2 Faulkners who were killed in the Halifax explosion of 1917- If I am related to the Faulkner who was on the Titanic, then it will be apparent that I am related to both a survivor of the Titanic and his sibling who was a survivor of the the Republic sinking...
 
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Latest word is that my grandmother's parents (William and Amy Faulkner) migrated to Canada from Scotland around 1907- So I'm left to wonder if the Scottish Faulkner families were in any way related to the English Faulkner on Titanic..
 
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Hello to everyone who has answered. I've been told my whole life that someone in my family died on the Titanic, or that they were saved but never really heard from again. I've also been told that someone in my family fought in the Civil War. My grandfather's last name was Faulkner.
 
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This William Faulkner Would Have Been My 3rd cousin 3 generations removed..I have almost a complete family history if anyone is interested
 

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Hi all.I am trying to find the family history of William Stephen Faulkner,i know his wife was Sybil Isabel Beams and his father was Samuel Faulkner and Williams home adress was Mounsey Road Birkenhead.I cant find his date of death or if he had children ect.
Any info on his history would be very much apreciated.
Many Thanks
Debs.
 

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Hallo, Debs. Researcher Craig Stringer has supplied a bit more about Mr Faulkner. His home address in 1912 was 16 Romsey Rd in Southampton. At that time he and Sybil had 3 children, but I can't offer their names. Craig states that Faulkner continued to work at sea until he retired aged over 70, but the date of his death is not given.
 
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Faulkner did not live at 16 Romsey Road, Southampton. I believe this to be another case of the registry clerk writing what he heard instead of what was said. 16 Romsey Road in Southampton was a hair salon in 1912. Please see below for corrected details.

FAULKNER, WILLIAM STEPHEN. Saved in Lifeboat number 11. Address - 16 Mounsey Road, Birkenhead. Bedroom Steward. 33. (Birkenhead). RMS Celtic.

Was paid £11 15 0d in expenses to attend the British Titanic Enquiry in London.

(From the Birkenhead News April 20th 1912)

Mr. William Faulkner Reported safe.

Probably among the best known of the Birkenhead members of the crew of the Titanic is Mr. William Faulkner, who was a steward on board the ship. Mr. Faulkner is the son of Mr. Samuel Faulkner, steward of the Birkenhead Constitutional Club, who is exceedingly well known to Birkonians as late groundsman to the Birkenhead Park Cricket Club.

His son William Faulkner, is 33 years of age, and is married, his home being in Mounsey Road, Birkenhead. He has been in the service of the White Star Line for a some considerable time, and was prior to joining the Titanic at Steward on board the Celtic. We reproduce a photo in this issue showing Faulkner on board the Celtic, with another member of the crew and a lady passenger. Mr. Faulkner has had considerable experience of life on the ocean, being formerly in the service of the Pacific and Booth Lines. It is interesting to recall that Mr. Faulkner’s brother, Charles, who is now on the ss Herefordshire, was a member of the crew of the ss Republic when that vessel collided with the Italian steamer Florida, about 170 miles east of New York. Mr. William Faulkner has himself had some exciting experiences at sea.

The greatest anxiety has been felt as to the safety of Mr. Faulkner by his parents and wife, who have been daily in communication with the White Star Line offices in Liverpool. Yesterday their feelings were somewhat set at rest by a cablegram received by Mr. Faulkners wife - it read - ‘’Safe, Willie’’.

Later article in same paper 20th April 1912

Local Survivors

Birkenhead People Among The Saved

Yesterday at noon Mr. Sam Faulkner of Birkenhead crossed over to Liverpool to the offices of the White Star Co., to hear if tidings had been received of the fate of his son, Mr. William Faulkner. As was reported in our Wednesday’s issue, this young man was a steward on board the ill-fated liner. That journey of Mr. Faulkner’s was one of many, and was as fruitless as the rest. The officials could not state that his son was numbered among the survivors. An hour or two later a telegraph messenger knocked at the door of Mr. Faulkner’s residence in Mounsel Road, Higher Tranmere. Mrs. Faulkner received from him a cablegram which gave her the most pleasurable shock of her life. It read ‘’Safe, Returning Lapland’’. The cablegram was handed in at New York at 10.55 am (American time), and came through Charing Cross Post Office.

After the anguish of the last few days the message came as a great relief to Mrs. William Faulkner, and to the young man’s father and mother, and his large circle of acquaintances in Birkenhead. Mrs Faulkner, we understand, intends to frame the cablegram.

He had 3 children with his wife Sybil Isabel, (Born 1871 in Ewell Surrey )
and they were:

FAULKNER, Frank Victor, born 1901 Birkenhead
FAULKNER, Leonard Henry , born 1904 Birkenhead
FAULKNER, Eileen Marie, born 1907 Birkenhead

He died in 1949 I believe.
 
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Granddaughter of William Stephen Faulkner. Yvonne Faulkner.

William Stephen Faulkner is my great gandfather.
Frank Victor Faulkner is my grandfather.
Brian Faulkner is my father.
I am Yvonne Faulkner now living in New Zealand.
I was born in Holt Road, Birkenhead.
I returned to the UK for the first time in 2012.
My dads cousin Pat still lives in Birkenhead and has the cablegram that was sent to his wife along with the key to his room on the titanica.
 
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Granddaughter of William Stephen Faulkner. Yvonne Faulkner.

William Stephen Faulkner is my great gandfather.
Frank Victor Faulkner is my grandfather.
Brian Faulkner is my father.
I am Yvonne Faulkner now living in New Zealand.
I was born in Holt Road, Birkenhead.
I returned to the UK for the first time in 2012.
My dads cousin Pat still lives in Birkenhead and has the cablegram that was sent to his wife along with the key to his room on the titanica.
Hi Yvonne,
Your dad Brian is my Dads cousin. My dad is Philip Henry Faulkner. Pat is my aunty. My grandad was Len Faulkner and William was also my Great Grandad. I think Pat donated the bedroom key etc to the museum in liverpool. How lovely to see your name on here!!! Are you related to Sandy? We were penpals for a little while when we were little. I think i still have a letter somewhere. All this info is fascinating. I obtained a copy of William Faulkners marriage certificate to Sybil some time ago. I will have to dig it all out. I have a vague memory of Brian visiting our house in Reading possibly in the late 70's. My dad was very fond of him.
 
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This William Faulkner Would Have Been My 3rd cousin 3 generations removed..I have almost a complete family history if anyone is interested
Hi, my name is Yvonne Faulkner, my great Grandfather is William Stephen Faulkner, I would be very interested in the family history that you have. I am the middle daughter of Brian Faulkner. Born in Birkenhead in 1963. Could you please email me what history you have. Thanks [email protected] Thanks
 

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