Master Albert Rice

Albert RIce

Master Albert Rice was born in Woolwich, Kent, England1 in 1902.2

He was the eldest surviving son of an English father from Surrey, William Rice (b. 1876), and an Irish mother from Athlone, Margaret Norton (b. 1872). His father, a British soldier, had been stationed in Ireland where he met and married his mother Margaret, a factory worker, on 18 June 1898.

One of six sons born to his parents, his siblings were: William (1898-1898), George (b. 1903), Eric (b. 1905), Arthur (b. 1907) and Francis (b. 1909). 
His eldest brother William (b. 1898) died after less than two months of life, tragically after choking on his pacifier. His parents had crossed the Irish sea to his father's native London where Albert was born in 1902. The family later migrated to Canada, first to Montréal and then to Ontario, before crossing into the USA in January 1909, settling in Spokane, Washington; his migration records describe him as having a dark complexion with brown hair and brown eyes. 

The family made their home at Hillyard, Spokane; his father, a labourer on Great Northern tracks at Hillyard, was crushed by an engine on 24 January 1910 and later died at the Sacred Heart Hospital. 

Albert, his mother and his siblings appear on the 1910 US census living at 435 Sheridan Street, Hillyard, Spokane. The family soon returned to Ireland where they still had relatives and they appear on the 1911 census living at Castle Street in Athlone, Co Westmeath, Ireland. With perhaps the stay in Ireland not intended to be permanent the family soon made plans to return to Spokane, perhaps convinced to do so by several others from their locality who would be making a crossing of the Atlantic aboard Titanic.

Other people from in or around Athlone that Margaret and her sons would be travelling with included: Eugene Daly, Bridget Mulvihill, Margaret Daly and Bridget Henry. She and her sons travelled under ticket number 382652 which had cost £29, 2s, 6d and they boarded Titanic at Queenstown as third class passengers.

On the night of the sinking Bridget Mulvihill, also from Athlone, reported that she saw Mrs Rice stood on either the boat deck or A-deck, clutching her youngest son to her breast and with the other boys holding on to her skirts. The entire family was lost in the sinking and only Mrs Rice's body (#12) was recovered by the Mackay Bennett and identified.

 

Credits

Gavin Bell, UK
Ross Carter, UK
Alan Hustak, Canada
Noel Ray, Eire

Notes

  1. The 1910 and 1911 census records erroneously list him as being American-born. Birthplace specified as Woolwich, England upon his immigration records.
  2. His birth was registered in Woolwich in the second quarter of 1902. 

References and Sources

Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279]) 
Record of Bodies and Effects: Passengers and Crew, S.S. Titanic (Public Archives of Nova Scotia) (#12)
List of Bodies Unidentified and Disposition of Same (#12)
Unidentified Newspaper, 25 January 1910
Westmeath Independent (2011), The Athlone Six Who Never Came Home, 25 November 2011
Search archive British newspapers online

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(2018) Albert Rice Encyclopedia Titanica (ref: #1154, updated 13th October 2018 07:08:49 AM)
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