Augustus George Stanbrook was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England in the latter half of 1881.
He was the son of Alfred Frederick Stanbrook (b. 1855), a striker at an ironworks, and Elizabeth Jane Dixon (b. 1854). His father hailed from Southampton and his mother from Jersey in the Channel Islands and they had married in 1879.
Augustus was one of nine children born to his parents, his known siblings being: Alfred Frederick (b. 1879), William Henry (1883-1956), James (b. 1886), Albert Edward (b. 1889), Richard Thomas (1891-1975), Charles Samuel (1894-1917) and Elizabeth Louisa (1897-1987, later Mrs Arthur Ernest Painter).
In the months prior to Augustus' birth his family were listed on the 1881 census as residents of 3 Elm Place, Southampton; by the time of the 1891 census Augustus and his family were living at 159 Radcliffe Road, Southampton.
On the 1901 census Augustus and his family were residing at 36 York Street, St Mary, Southampton and Augustus would spend the rest of his life at this address. At the time of this census he was described as a general labourer; he would be absent from the 1911 census.
When he signed on to the Titanic on 6 April 1912 Stanbrook gave his address as 36 York Street, Southampton. His previous ship had been the Olympic and as a fireman he could expect to earn monthly wages of £6.
Augustus Stanbrook, who was unmarried, died in the sinking; his body was later recovered (#316) by the Minia and he was buried at Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was also remembered on a memorial in St Augustine's Church, Northam, Southampton.
A few years later, on 24 April 1917, his younger brother Charles was killed in action with the Wiltshire Regiment during World War I. His mother later passed away in 1925 and his father in 1945; his last surviving sibling, Elizabeth, died in Southampton on 22 January 1987.
Grave in Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Halifax, N.S.
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