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Ernest Wilfred Jefferys

Mr Ernest Wilfred Jefferys was born in St Peter's Port, Guernsey in the Channel Islands on 24 February 1891.

He was the son of William John Jefferys (b. 1854), a general labourer, and Alice Ann Bennett (b. 1855), both Guernsey natives who had married around 1881. One of eight children, his siblings were: Lillian Elizabeth (b. 1882), Ada Alice (b. 1883), Frederick William (b. 1885), Clifford Thomas (b. 1888), Hilda (b. 1897), William George Bennett (b. 1900) and Albert Edward (b. 1902).

Ernest first appears on the 1891 census as an infant living with his family at 3, The Green in St Peter's Port and again on the 1901 census at The Banks, 1 Elizabeth Terrace, St Sampson, his father now working as a stoker. His mother passed away sometime in early 1911 and by the time of the 1911 census Ernest is still at home, now Rosslyn in St Sampsons, Guernsey and he was described as a granite cutter.

His sister Lillian Renouf and brother Frederick had emigrated to the USA in 1907 and later settled in Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey. Lillian returned home in late 1911 with her husband Peter to pay a visit and upon their return to Elizabeth Ernest and his elder brother Clifford would be accompanying them. He boarded the Titanic at Southampton with his brother and a friend, Albert Denbuoy (joint ticket number 31029 which cost £31, 10s) and travelling with them, besides Peter and Lillian Renouf, were other Guernsey natives: William Douton, Lillian Bentham and Emily Rugg.

On the night of the sinking Ernest, his brother Clifford and brother-in-law Peter had been socialising in the smoking room when the collision occurred. They descended the decks to fetch Lillian Renouf who was in her cabin before ascending to the boat deck.

Ernest Jefferys died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.

His sister Lillian survived and was returned to New York and was alerted to a news story published that bother her brothers were members of the notorious Doc Owen gang of card sharps who fleeced passengers on trans-Atlantic liners. Lillian and her brother Frederick were incensed over the story and declared they would sue those who were responsible for the story's publication.

Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mr Ernest Wilfred Jefferys
Age: 21 years 1 month and 19 days (Male)
Nationality: Channel Islander
Occupation: Granite Cutter
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 31029, £31 10s
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Recovered

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Newspaper Articles

Elizabeth Daily Journal (16 April 1912) Elizabethans On Board Big Liner Titanic (1)
Newark Evening News (17 April 1912) ELIZABETH RESIDENTS WERE ON THE TITANIC (1)
Elizabeth Daily Journal (17 April 1912) REPORT LOSS OF 5 PERSONS COMING HERE
Newark Star (18 April 1912) FEAR ELIZABETH FOLK WENT DOWN WITH TITANIC
New York Times (18 April 1912) GAMBLERS ON THE TITANIC
Newark Evening News (19 April 1912) JERSEY DEATH ROLL DETAILS
Newark Evening News (19 April 1912) TELLS OF SEEING MEN SHOT DOWN ON TITANIC
Newark Star (22 April 1912) TITANIC VICTIM'S HUSBAND MISSING
Newark Star (23 April 1912) MEMORIAL SERVICES ARE PLANNED FOR TITANIC DEAD
Newark Star (29 April 1912) CHURCH HOLDS SERVICE FOR VICTIMS OF TITANIC
Elizabeth Daily Journal (29 April 1912) LOCAL TITANIC VICTIMS HONORED AT SERVICES
Newark Evening News (29 April 1912) Services for Titanic Victims
Elizabeth Daily Journal (1 May 1912) EXPRESS GRATITUDE FOR SYMPATHY SHOWN

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