Alfred Ernest Moore was born in Wootton, Isle of Wight, Hampshire, England in the closing months of 1873.
He was the son of James William Moore (b. 1836), a railway labourer, and Ann Pittis (b. 1836), both Hampshire-natives who had married in 1857, and he had eight known siblings: John George (b. 1859), William James (b. 1862), Emily Ann (b. 1864), Louisa (b. 1867), Albert Edward (b. 1869), Ada Kate (b. 1870), Harry (b. 1874) and Gertrude Victoria (b. 1878).
Alfred first appears on the 1881 census living at Wootton Packsfield in Arreton, Hampshire with his family who would still be at this address on the 1891 census. Alfred and his brother Harry were listed elsewhere at the time at 88 Monkton Street, Ryde Isle of Wight, the home of his widowed sister Emily Willcocks. His profession then was listed as that of a groom.
Alfred was married in All Saints Church in Ryde in 1897 to Ellen Charlotte Bartlett (b. 1874 in St Helens, Isle of Wight) and the couple would have three children: Charles Alfred Leonard (b. 12 February 1898), Clarence Ralph Archibald (b. 16 October 1899) and Queenie Violet Grace (b. 2 November 1905).
The family appear on the 1901 census living at 3 Bellevue Terrace, St Mary, Southampton, having only recently moved there from Ryde, and Alfred was described as a livery coachman. Living at 135 Clifford Street, St Mary, Southampton by the time of the 1911 census, Alfred was by now described as a House Life Assurance Agent. When he went to sea is not known.
When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, Alfred gave his address as 142 St. Mary's Road, (Southampton). His last ship had been the Olympic. As a second class steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s.
Moore died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified. The following death notice appeared in an unidentified newspaper (30 April 1912):
MOORE--On the 15th of April, on s.s. Titanic, Alfred Ernest Moore, of 142 St Mary's Road, Southampton, dearly loved husband of Ellen Moore, youngest daughter of Mr Charles Bartlett, of St Helens, I.O.W., aged 39. Till the Roll is called up yonder, I will be there.
His son Charles, following in his father's footsteps, later went to sea, serving as a steward. He was later married to Hilda May Orman (b. 1899) and raised a large family. He died in Derby in 1943.
His son Clarence later settled in the USA but what became of him is unknown.
His daughter Queenie, later Mrs James Chambers, raised a family and died in Poole, Dorset in 1988.
What became of Alfred's widow Edith is unknown.
General Register Office: Index of Births, Marriages and Deaths
RMS Titanic: Agreement and Account of Crew (National Archives, London, BT100/259)
RMS Titanic: Casualty List (National Archives, London, BT100/259)
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