Mr Alfons De Pelsmaeker

Mr Alphonse De Pelsmaeker (1), 16, was born in Kerksken, Belgium on 29th September, 1895. He was one of six children in a family who lost their father in 1905. Alphonse's father had been one of the many independent weavers in Heldergem, Belgium, who owned a weaving loom. He had been driven out of work by the competition from the new textile mills that opened in the nearby cities of Aalst and Ninove. He gave up weaving and became a labourer working at building sites in Brussels. It was there that he was killed by a falling wall, leaving his wife Marie to raise the six children alone. The oldest child, Gustave, left for America first.

De Pelsmaeker boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a third class passenger (ticket number 345778, £9 10s). He was travelling to join his brother Gustave in Gladstone, Michigan. He travelled with a group from Denderhoutem, among them was René Lievens who lived very close to Alphonse.

Alphonse's actions aboard the Titanic remain a mystery because he died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.


Some documents list him as "Alfons".

References and Sources

Michael Findlay Revised Passenger List in Judith Geller Titanic: Women and Children First. Haynes. ISBN 1 85260 594 4
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
Herman De Wulf and Michael A. Findlay (1998) The Belgians and the Titanic. Voyage. #27

Newspaper Articles

New York Times (8 August 1913) Belgians Plan Titanic Suits
New York Times (13 September 1913) MORE TITANIC CLAIMS FILED
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  1. Vickie Caceres said:

    Does anyone have any information on Alphonse De Pelsmaeker, third class passenger. I believe he may be a distant relative of mine and I would like to have any information listed to present at my family reunion this summer. Also I wonder if the spelling in this site of his last name is incorrect. My family spelling is DePelsMaeker. Thank you for any anticipated response.

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2015) Alfons De Pelsmaeker (ref: #768, last updated: 6th September 2015, accessed 12th June 2021 06:56:04 AM)

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