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William Gamble

William Gamble
William Gamble

William John Gamble was born at 33 Hurst Street in Belfast, Ireland on 27 April 1883. He was the son of William Gamble, an engine driver, and Agnes Wainwright.

When Gamble appeared on the 1911 census he was described as a marine fireman, then as a member of crew aboard the Bray Head which was docked at Dublin. 

Gamble’s ship prior to Titanic had been the Rion. He joined Titanic at Belfast for the delivery trip to Southampton where he then disembarked.

Gamble remained at sea with the merchant fleet during WWI and continued to serve on British ships until around 1925. 

Around 1926 William Gamble emigrated to Boston, Massachusetts and became a naturalised US citizen in 1931. Maintaining his profession as a seaman in his new home, William was never married and in his last years resided at 60 Commercial Place in Norfolk, Virginia. He died on 16 December 1942 following a stroke and was buried in Norfolk’s Riverside Cemetery two days later.

References and Sources

Crew Signing-On Particulars of Engagement, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (2A/45/381, A-H)
Central Index Register of Merchant Seamen
1911 Census
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Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr William Gamble
Age: 28 years 11 months and 18 days  (Male)
Nationality: Irish
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: Greaser
Last Ship: Rion
Embarked: Belfast on Friday 29th March 1912
Disembarked: Southampton
Buried: Riverside Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia, United States

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