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William George White

William George White
William George White

William George White was born on Gigant Street in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England on 21 October 1888 and he was later baptised on 4 November that same year at St Martin's Church, Salisbury.

He was the son of Alfred Thomas White (b. 1855), a dock labourer, and Edith Ellen Weeks (b. 1868), both natives of Salisbury who had married around 1886. 

One of ten children, William's known siblings were: Alfred Thomas (b. 1887), Agnes Jessie (b. 1890), Frederick Charles (b. 1891), Florence Ellen (b. 1893), Bertie (b. 1894), Samuel (b. 1896), Walter Frank  (b. 1898) and Annie Matilda May (b. 1900).

William appears to have moved around as a young child, spending time in Devon and Cornwall before settling in Southampton around 1894.  When he first appears on record on the 1891 census he and his family were resident at 5 Strand, South Brent, Ilfracombe, Devon. The 1901 census shows them living in Southampton at 6 William Street, Northam. By the time of the 1911 census they had moved several doors down to 12 William Street and William was described as an unmarried dock labourer.

When he signed on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, William gave his address as 9 Colbert Street, Southampton. His previous ship had been the Olympic and as a trimmer he could expect to earn monthly wages of £5, 10s.

William survived the sinking, it is not known for certain in which lifeboat.  He was not called to testify to either to British or American Inquiries into the disaster. 

William George White

William George White in a 1920s ID card
(National Archives / Gavin Bell)

He later returned to sea and was still working as of the early 1920s. Details of his later life are sketchy and it is uncertain as to whether he ever married or had children. He later worked as a dock labourer in Southampton docks and spent his last days living at 12 William Street in that city. He died from complications of influenza on 1 February 1927 aged 38 and was buried in Hollybrook Cemetery, Southampton (Section B3, Plot 168).

Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr William George White
Age: 23 years 5 months and 25 days (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Single
Last Residence: at 9 Colbert Street Southampton, Hampshire, England
Occupation: Trimmer
Last Ship: Olympic
Embarked: Southampton on Saturday 6th April 1912
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
Cause of Death:

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References and Sources

Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Craig Stringer (2003) Titanic People, CD-ROM
United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List

Newspaper Articles

Ballymena Observer (31 May 1912) FRAUD ON TITANIC FUND


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  1. Dswhite42

    Dswhite42 said:

    william george white was my great uncle his address when signing on was northam southampton,he is buried in holybrook cemetary southampton.

  2. David Hoffman

    David Hoffman said:

    Can you please tell us date of his death?

  3. Sergio Martínez Cotos-Alvarín

    Sergio Martínez Cotos-Alvarín said:

    Hi??? It would be very interesting to talk with you to discover things about your great uncle, and what he lived. I hope we can be in contact soon. Thank you!

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