Mr Alfred Samuel Allsop

Alfred Samuel Allsop
Courtesy: Graham Parkinson, UK

Alfred Samuel Allsop was born in Chorlton, Manchester, Lancashire, England in the second half of 1876.

He was the son of George Foster Allsop (1833-1896) and his wife Elizabeth, née Walker (1837-1917). His father, a commercial traveller, was a native of Manchester whilst his mother hailed from Co Tyrone, Ireland and they had married in the former's home town in 1860. They had possibly met in Melbourne, Australia and had two children whilst there, Ada (b. 1856) and Henry (b. 1858) before returning to Britain, marrying and having a further nine (that are known of) children: Florence (b. 1861), Anne Elizabeth (b. 1863), George Frederick (b. 1864), Agnes (b. 1866), Albert Ward (b. 1867), Annie Gertrude (b. 1872), Arthur Ernest (b. 1873), Beatrice (b. 1875) and Edith Clare (b. 1880).

Alfred first appears on the 1881 census when he and his family are living at 96 Brunswick Street, Chorlton, Manchester and they would have moved to 29 Broughton Lane, Broughton, Lancashire by the time of the next census in 1891. Alfred's father died in 1896 in Salford and the family later moved to Great Clacton in Essex. On the 1901 census Alfred was not at home but his mother and several siblings were listed as living at Mountpelier, Marine Parade in that town. He was listed elsewhere as a visitor at Rosslyn Street, Toxteth Park, Liverpool and was described as an electrical engineer.

He had served his apprenticeship with H. H. Hall & Co. of Liverpool. This was followed by employment; with Campbell & Isherwood of Bootle, Hame Electric Company of Liverpool and the Northern Electric Company of Liverpool. He joined White Star in August 1904 as assistant electrician aboard the Celtic and later served on the Majestic and Oceanic before joining the Titanic.

Alfred was married in All Saints Church, Princes Park, Liverpool on 17 October 1908 to Hilda Barnes (b. 1886 in Ashbourne, Derbyshire) and the couple had a son, Philip Alfred, in Southampton on 2 February 1911.1

Alfred would be absent from the 1911 census but his wife and son were listed as visitors at 15 Suffolk Avenue, Shirley, Southampton.

When he signed on to the Titanic¸on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as 134 Malmesbury Road, (Freemantle, Southampton). His previous ship had been the Oceanic and as an electrician he could expect monthly wages of £11.

Alfred Alsopp died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.

His estate, worth £152, 6s, 7d, was administered to his widow on 10 May 1912 and she and her son also benefitted from the Titanic Relief Fund.

Hilda Allsop, it seems, never remarried but what became of her is uncertain. She may have died in the 1970s, possibly in London2. His son Philip died in London in 1985.


  1. Her parents were Thomas John Barnes born 1844 Cheadle, Staffordshire, England and Helena Charlesworth (1850-1893) born in Longnor and died in Ashborne. They were married in 1872 in Staffordshire. Thomas later re-married Alice Susan Wright nee Grove on 15 Oct 1895 in Mayfield.
  2. Hilda may have died in 1974 in Hillingdon, Greater London. This Hilda was born in 1886 in Devonshire, England. A passenger manifest for 1960 has the same birthdate, a widow and born in Ashbourne where Hilda was born.


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Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List
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