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Albert Hector Crisp

Mr Albert Hector Crisp was born in Woolwich, Kent, England on 18 May 1872 and later baptised on 4 March 1876 in Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Medway, Kent.

He was the son of Henry Crisp (1840-1921) and Elizabeth Catherine MacGraine1 (1843-1932) who had married around 1870. His father was from Woolwich and served in the British Army whilst his mother was born in Gibraltar to an Irish father and a Cornish mother.

Albert's known siblings were: Lavinia Alsina (1868-1956, later Mrs Arthur Denny), William Henry John (1871-1962), George Victor (1873-1949), Elizabeth Catherine (1875-1951, later Mrs John William Thom), Joseph Charles (1878-1971), Alma (1880-1918, later Mrs Russell Gillett Box), Mathilda (1882-1976, later Mrs William Waldeck Wills), Robert Thomas (1884-1970) and Ellis Edward (1886-1916).

On the 1881 census Albert and his family were living at Grange Fort, Rowner, Fareham, Hampshire and his father was described as a Staff Sergeant of Militia; this census indicates that the family moved around quite a bit, spending time in Bermuda, settling for a while in different areas of Kent before moving to Hampshire. By the time of the 1891 census Albert is missing, presumably already at sea, but his family are living in Alverstoke, Hampshire. Albert is again absent from the 1901 census and his family have relocated to Portland, Dorset.

Albert was married in the second half of 1911 to Florence Barnes (née Bushrod) who had been born in Southampton in 1880 and previously married to John Barnes in 1900. She had two daughters from that relationship, Margaret Grace (b. 1903) and Florence Catherine (b. 1906) and was widowed around 1910. On the 1911 census Florence Barnes was living at 37 Macnaughten Road, Bitterne Park, Southampton.

When Albert signed-on to the Titanic on 4 April 1912 he gave his address as 37 Macnaughten Road, Southampton. His previous ship had been the Olympic and as a saloon steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s.

Albert Crisp died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

Crisp's widow Florence, who was pregnant at the time of the disaster, gave birth to a daughter on 29 June 1912, Minnie Kathleen Joan. She never remarried and died in Winchester, Hampshire in 1967. Both his stepdaughters were married: Margaret in 1930 to Adrian Fisher and Florence in 1940 to Stanley Lebern. Both died in Hampshire; Margaret in 1991 and Florence in 1992. His daughter Minnie was never married and died in Southampton on 3 January 1999.


  1. Spelling uncertain; possibly McGrane.

Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr Albert Hector Crisp
Age: 39 years 10 months and 28 days (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Married to Florence Barnes (née Bushrod)
Last Residence: at 37 Macnaughten Road Southampton, Hampshire, England
Occupation: Saloon Steward
Last Ship: Olympic
Embarked: Belfast on Monday 1st April 1912
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Identified

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  1. K-stephenson1

    K-stephenson1 said:

    His wife and daughter continued to live at this address until their deaths

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