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Alfred Head

Alfred Head was born in Shirley, Southampton, Hampshire, England around 1888 1 although his birth appears not to have been registered. He was the son of Alfred Head (1861-?) and Kate Louisa Hurst (1871-1929), both Hampshire natives who were married in the second half of 1888.

Alfred was one of ten children. His known siblings were: Herbert Walker (b. 1893), Freddy (b. 1895), George (b. 1896), Charles (b. 1899), Norman (b. 1908), Harry (b. 1908) and Florence (b. 1910).

Alfred and his family don't seem to appear on the 1891 census but on the 1901 census Alfred is living with his mother and siblings at an address in Shirley, Southampton, his mariner father absent and apparently at sea. On the 1911 census Alfred and his family were listed as living at 19 Vincent Street, Shirley, Southampton. Alfred, who was unmarried, was listed as a fireman.

When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, August gave his address as 19 Russell Street, (Southampton). His last ship had been the Majestic. As a fireman he received monthly wages of £6.

Alfred Head died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.


  1. He gave his age as 24 when signing on to the Titanic. This corroborates the 1901 census which had him listed as a 13-year-old. The 1911 census gives his age as 21.

References and Sources

1901, 1911 Census
United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List
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Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr Alfred Head
Age: 24 years (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Single
Last Residence: at 19 Russell Street Southampton, Hampshire, England
Occupation: Fireman
Last Ship: Majestic (1890)
Embarked: Southampton on Saturday 6th April 1912
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Identified

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