Louis Gustave Joseph Lesueur

Thomas Cardeza's manservant

Mr Louis Gustave Joseph Lesueur was born on 26 August 1876 in Brametot, a village in Normandy (Seine Maritime, France) the son of Cyr Casimir Lesueur (b.1839) and Héloise Sophie Mélanie Bouts (b.1847).

He was working for Thomas Cardeza by June 1910 when they were listed as passengers arriving, with Cardeza's wife Marie, at New York aboard the SS George Washington. He was described as standing 5ft, 5in, with a fair complexion, blond hair and grey eyes.

He boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg and travelled on the Cardeza's ticket (No. PC 17755); he occupied room B-101.

Mr Lesueur and the Cardezas were rescued in Lifeboat 3.

He served in the Army in World War One and was married to Alexandrine Vasseur on 1 July 1918 in Le Petit Quevilly, Normandy.   

He later worked as an interpreter and a personnel manager of some kind.

It is thought he committed suicide by hanging on or around 13 January 1939. His body found in petit Quevilly's woods a few days later. He was buried in Sotteville cemetery. At the time of his death he lived at 102, rue de Trianon in Sotteville-les-Rouen.


Often listed as "Lesneur". In June 1909 and November 1911 he was listed as a valet (to whom is unknown), on sailings of the Kinfauns Castle and Walmer Castle of the Union Castle Line between England and South Africa.

References and Sources

Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
List or Manifest of Alien Passengers for the United States Immigration Officer At Port of Arrival (Date: 18th-19th June 1912, Ship: Carpathia) - National Archives, NWCTB-85-T715-Vol. 4183.
Généalogies des Français du Titanic (genetitanic)

Newspaper Articles

New York Times (20 April 1912) CLASSIFIED AD
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  1. Andrew Maheux said:

    Does anybody know what Gustave Lesueur's middle name is, I know it starts with J. and does anybody know more about him? Thanks Andrew

  2. melroycen said:

    Does anybody know what Gustave Lesueur's middle name is, I know it starts with J. and does anybody know more about him? Thanks

  3. Lesueur Eric said:

    Hello, his name was Louis Gustave Joseph Lesueur, born ) He was one of distant cousin.

  4. Lesueur Eric said:

    ) He was one of distant cousin. He died on 13/01/1939. He commited suicide by hanging and... Read full post


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