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Abele Rigozzi

Mr Abele Rigozzi was born in Aquila, Blenio, Ticino, Switzerland on 1 February 1890. There is little known available information about his early life but his mother was Arcangela Rigozzi.

Rigozzi grew up in Ticino but left Switzerland for work whilst still very young and eventually settled in England; he appears on the 1911 census as a lodger at 90 Hulton Street in Moss Side, Manchester and he was described as an unmarried waiter. He later made his way to London and became employed by Italian restaurateur Luigi Gatti in one of his two London restaurants. In February 1912 he reportedly lost his father.

He was selected to help staff the à la carte restaurant for the maiden voyage of Titanic, his first working sea voyage, and signed on to that trip on 6 April 1912, his address at the time being 6 Titchfield Street, London. Also joining him were two friends from Ticino, Alessandro Pedrini and Mario Zanetti.

During the sinking there were reports that the largely continental staff of the restaurant, mainly French, Italian, Swiss, German and Belgian, were herded to their quarters by stewards and detained there. Indeed, only three from the staff survived, two of whom were the female cashiers.

Abele Rigozzi died in the sinking and his body was recovered by the Mackay-Bennett (#115) and was buried at sea. When his body was recovered he was found to be wearing a black armband, still in remembrance for his father.


CLOTHING - Grey overcoat; blue coat; white waistcoat; striped shirt; wearing truss; black band on arm; patent shoes.

EFFECTS - Letter case; keys; 6s. 8d.



His belongings were returned to his mother Arcangela and she received sFr 500 from the White Star Line  as compensation whilst from the Lord Mayor's Fund she received £60. White Star also paid Rigozzi's six days  outstanding wages of sFr 10.60.

Until recently there had been no memorial to Abele Rigozzi in the graveyard at Aquila but in 2002 a new stone was erected that bore his photograph. It read:

1.2.1890      15. 4. 1912


1. Rigozzi was apparently hired as a replacement for a man called Giulietto Biucchi, who, for reasons unknown, was unable to join the ship.

References and Sources

Crew Particulars of Engagement
White Star Line (1912.) Record of Bodies and Effects (Passengers and Crew S.S. "Titanic") Recovered by Cable Steamer "MacKay Bennett"
United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Günter Bäbler (1998) Reise auf der Titanic. Chronos, Zürich

Newspaper Articles

La Tribune de Genève (21 April 1912) The Arnold and Haas families
Search archive online


Gavin Bell, UK
Gilles Baggi
Hermann Söldner

Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr Abele Rigozzi
Age: 22 years 2 months and 14 days (Male)
Nationality: Swiss
Marital Status: Single
Last Residence: at 6 Titchfield StreetLondon, England
Occupation: Assistant Waiter
Last Ship: First Ship
Embarked: Southampton on Saturday 6th April 1912
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body recovered by: Mackay-Bennett (No. 115)
Buried at Sea on Wednesday 24th April 1912

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