Mr Francis Albert Webber was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England in the closing months of 1881.
He was the son of William Conway Webber (b. 1848) and Mary Jane Bath (b. 1851). His father, a gas inspector and later an off license proprietor, hailed from Northamptonshire whilst his mother was native to Southampton and they were married in 1873, going on to have seven children in total and losing one in infancy.
Francis' known siblings were: Kate Conway (1876-1966, later Mrs Arthur George Bolton), William Charles (1878-1925), Frederick Sydney (1886-1944), Ernest Cecil (1889-1937) and Maud Emma (1890-1957, later Mrs Edmund James Egerton).
In the months prior to Francis' birth his family were listed on the 1881 census as residents of 61 Melbourne Street, Southampton before they moved to number 25, the family appearing at that address on the 1891 and 1901 censuses. Francis was absent from the 1901 census, perhaps indicating that he had already began a career at sea. His family later moved to Portsmouth, appearing on the 1911 census living at 196 Queens Road, Buckland. The reason for the move may have coincided with his father's admission to Portsmouth Borough Lunatic Asylum, he appearing there on the 1911 census and reportedly a "lunatic" since the age of 60. He later died on 11 May that same year.
Francis signed-on to the Titanic on 6 April 1912 and gave his address as 49 Avenue Road, Southampton and his previous ship as the Olympic. His wages were £6, 10s per month.
Webber died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.
His widowed mother later lived at 57 Brintons Road, Southampton; she died there on 11 February 1929. His last surviving sibling was his eldest sister Kate who died in Winchester in 1966.
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