Mr Austin Aloysius Ashcroft was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England on 25 July 1885 and was baptised in St Anne's Roman Catholic Church four days later.
He was the son of John Joseph Ashcroft (1859-1913) and Mary Gertrude Clarke (1860-1945), both Liverpool natives who had married there in 1882.
Austin had four siblings: Harold John (1883-1962), Gertrude Mary (1887-1972, later Mrs James O'Driscoll), Reginald Francis (1891-1970) and Dora Alexandra (1902-1974).
The family appear on the 1891 and 1901 censuses living at 35 Rappart Road, Seacombe, Cheshire, and his father is described as an advertising agent. By the time of the 1911 census the family have moved to 28 Canterbury Road, Seacombe, Wallasey and Austin was then listed as an unmarried shipping clerk.
When he signed-on to the Titanic on 9 April 1912, he gave his address as 28 Canterbury Road, Seacombe, Wallasey. His previous ship had been the Olympic and as a clerk he received monthly wages of £5.
Austin Ashcroft died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.
He was mentioned on the headstone of his grandmother Alicia Ashcroft (d. 1891) who is buried in St Peter and Paul's Churchyard, Crosby, Liverpool:
GRANDSON OF THE ABOVE,
LOST IN THE "TITANIC",
15TH APRIL 1912, AGED 26 YEARS
The following memorial appeared in both the Liverpool Echo and Liverpool Daily Post on 15 April 1916:
ASHCROFT--Lost on the Titanic, April 15, 1912, Austin Aloysius, the dearly loved son of Mr and Mrs John J. Ashcroft. (Eternal rest give to him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace).
His father died just over a year later in Toxteth, Liverpool and was buried under the same headstone where his son was mentioned. His mother did not remarry and died in Wallasey in 1945. His last remaining sibling, his younger sister Dora, died unmarried in the Wirral on 15 November 1974.