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George Taylor

George (James) Taylor

George Taylor (signed on as James Taylor) was born on 15 December 1888 in Southampton, Hampshire, England. He was the son of Thomas Taylor (1862-1919) and Eliza Sibley (1863-1948). His father was a native of Blackpool, Lancashire and his mother a Southampton-native; his parents has married in Southampton in 1882.

George first appears on the 1891 census at an address in Wallsend, Northumberland. His father is described as a ship's riveter. Also present on the census besides he and his parents are his siblings William and James. By the time of the 1901 census the family have moved back to Hampshire and are living at 60 Chapel Road, St Mary, Southampton. Another child, Dorothy, is present at this time.

George was married in Southampton in 1908 to Elizabeth Potter (b. 1885 in Southampton to Robert Potter and Ann Payne). They appear as a married couple on the 1911 census as boarders at 35 Russell Street, Southampton, James described as a ship's stoker and his wife as a laundress. Also present are their three daughters Dorothy Florence (1909-1988), Margaret Elizabeth (1910-1996) and Rosina Lillian (1911-1969).

When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as of 35 Russell Street, Southampton. His last ship had been the Balmoral Castle. As a fireman, he received monthly wages of £6. However, he signed on using his brother James' name and age. His brother James was born in 1886 and unmarried in 1912. Why George used a pseudonym isn't clear, but present-day family confirm that George boarded under an assumed name.

George Taylor was rescued in Emergency Lifeboat 1. He was subsequently called to testify at the British inquiry into the sinking. He appeared before the Wreck Commissioner's court on 17 May 1912.

George returned to Southampton and seems to have continued a career at sea. He and his wife would late have two sons: George in 1913 and Robert in 1915.

George Taylor died in Southampton on December 28, 1931 in Southampton. He is buried in the Old Common Cemetery, Southampton (section O 143). His wife died September 7, 1967. His brother James, whose name he had borrowed in 1912, later married and had several children before his death in 1958.


Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr George Taylor (James)
Age: 23 years 4 months (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Married
Last Residence: at 25 Russell Street Southampton, Hampshire, England
Occupation: Fireman
Last Ship: Balmoral Castle
Embarked: Southampton on Saturday 6th April 1912
Rescued (boat 1)  
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
Died: Monday 28th December 1931 aged 43 years
Buried: Old Cemetery, Southampton Common, Southampton, Hampshire, England

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References and Sources

Board of Trade Hearings, 17 May 1912, Testimony
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Wreck Commissioners' Court, Proceedings before the Right Hon. Lord Mersey on a Formal Investigation Ordered by the Board of Trade into the Loss of the S.S. Titanic


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  1. Clare Azzopardi

    Clare Azzopardi said:

    Hello, James Taylor was my great grandfather, unfortunately no photographs or not much info exists about him. Can anyone help or point me in the right direction? Thanks Clare

  2. Michael H. Standart

    Michael H. Standart said:

    Your family may have better luck with that. A lot of what's here on ET came by way of researchers digging into not only public archives, but contributions from the reletives of these people.

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