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Frank Alfred James Hall

Mr Frank Alfred James Hall (Scullion) was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England on 13 October 1871.

He was the son of John Francis Hall (1828-1882) and Ann Grant Jillard Guard (1843-1920). His father, a native of Southwark, London, was a gunner in the Royal Navy and was married in Devon in 1862 to Annie Guard who hailed from Christchurch, Hampshire. He had two known siblings: Louise Frances (b. 1874) and Annie Emily Guard (b. 1877).

In the months prior to Frank's birth his parents were listed as living at 10 Simpson Road, Portsea, Hampshire. His father seemingly later left the Navy and became a publican, running the Spread Eagle Inn on Turnpike Road, Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire and the family were listed here on the 1881 census. His father John died in London in 1882 and his mother never remarried.

Frank, like his father, joined the Royal Navy and by the time of the 1891 census he was listed as crew (assistant the ship's steward) aboard the Minster, then docked at Sheerness, Kent. His service had commenced on 16 June 1887 aboard the Duke of Wellington before serving aboard, among other ships, Pembroke, Blake, Victory I, Wildfire, Magicienne, Doris, Alexandra and Cossack, with his final service being aboard Duke of Wellington before he was discharged on 5 December 1901. His demeanour was generally described as very good and physically he stood at 5' 6" with light brown hair, grey eyes and a fair complexion.

He was married in Islington, London - albeit still a resident of Sheerness - on 18 January 1897 to Daisy Anderson (b. 1874), a native of Hampstead, London but it is not clear if the couple had any children.

Frank was listed on the 1911 census living at 70 Sydney Road, Shirley, Southampton with his aunt Mary Guard and a cousin, Reginald Frecknall, and he was described as a married steward in the mercantile marine.

When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, Frank gave his address as 70 Sydney Street, (Southampton). His previous ship had been the Olympic and as a scullion he received monthly wages of £3, 10s.

Frank Hall died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.

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Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
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Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr Frank Alfred James Hall
Age: 40 years 6 months and 2 days (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Married to Daisy Anderson
Last Residence: at 70 Sydney StreetSouthampton, Hampshire, England
Occupation: Scullion
Last Ship: Olympic
Embarked: Southampton on Thursday 4th April 1912
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Identified

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