Mr Albert James Dore

Albert James Dore

Albert James Dore was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England in 1889 and his birth was registered in the last quarter of that year. He was the son of George Edward Dore (1839-1899) and Mary Jane Dennett (1842-1917).

Both his parents were from the Isle of Wight and married there in 1863, going on to have at least 12 children: Alice Mary (b. 1863), Harry Edward (b. 1865), Ellen Jane (b. 1867), Fanny Louisa (b. 1869), Arthur George (b. 1871), Frederick William (b. 1874), Margaret Amelia (b. 1877), Walter John (b. 1879), Beatrice Marion (b. 1881), Herbert Frank (b. 1883), Ernest Ralph (b. 1887) and Albert James.

The family don't seem to appear on the 1891 census; on the previous census (1881) the family were living at 8 Castle Gardens, All Saints, Southampton. Albert's father was described as a whitesmith. His father died in 1899 and on the 1901 census Albert and family are living at 2 Maddison Street. At the time of the 1911 census the family are still at this address, Albert described as a seaman and unmarried.

When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, Albert gave his address as 9 Mount Street, Southampton. His last ship had been the Oceanic. As a Trimmer he received monthly wages of £5 10s.

Albert survived the Titanic disaster but it is uncertain in which boat he escaped. He was not called upon to testify at either the American or British inquiries.

How long Albert continued to work at sea isn't certain. He was married in early 1919 to Ada Finetta Godden (b. 1889 in Eastbourne, Sussex) and the couple had their first child, Albert Edward, on September 10 that same year, followed by a daughter in 1922, Ada.

Albert died in Southampton in 1953. His widow Ada passed away in 1959. 

Gavin Bell, UK

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