Frank Hubert Maybery was born in the district of St Mathew's, Ipswich on the 30 November 1875 1 the son of Valentine William Maybery (1845-1876, Congregational Minister of Burlington Road, Ipswich) and Clara Susan Maybery (née Sinnock, 1842-1879).
He had four siblings: Annie (1870-1966) and Alfred (1872-1846), both born in Stoke Sub Ham, Somerset; Arnold (1874-1957, born in Ipswich, Suffolk) and a younger sister Winifred (1877-1961, born in Bristol).
Following the untimely deaths of their parents, the siblings were raised by their maternal aunt, Eliza Mary Gibbons (1837-1913) and her husband Williams Gibbons (1835-1897), provision merchant and Wesleyan minister, founder, in 1888, of Brookland Chapel in Bristol.
Frank and his brothers went into business with their uncle as provision merchants in Bristol. In 1899 they were convicted and fined after supplying 20 dozen tins of "Golden Syrup" which turned out to largely composed of glucose.
Between 1905 and 1907 Frank Maybery and his brothers, Alfred and Arnold, and sisters Annie and Winifred emigrated to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada, together with Mrs Eliza Gibbons the aunt who had looked after the young Maybery children after their parents died 3. The brothers went into partnership as Real Estate Agents in Moose Jaw, then a rapidly growing city, where they specialised in selling farmland through their firm Maybery's Ltd. All the family were active members of St Andrews Presbyterian Church and the brothers are remembered as men of "religious habit, definite and clear in thought and deed".
On 10 June 1907 Frank married Frances Ella Hadfield 2 at the Greenacres Chapel, Oldham, Lancashire. Frances then returned with Frank to Canada. They would have two daughters in Frank's lifetime, Joyce Noelle (1908-1929), and Ruth Enid (1910-2003).
Frank's wife Ella was much troubled with a serious eye complaint, because of which the family decided to return to England, where she could get up-to-date medical treatment, so in 1911 Frank brought his wife and their two daughters, Joyce Noel and Ruth Enid back to England. They arrived in Southampton aboard the Adriatic on 25 May 1911. The family is believed to have settled in Weston-Super-Mare 4
On 20 September 1911 Frank Maybery left Southampton bound for New York aboard the Olympic when she was in collision with HMS Hawke. This event may have delayed Frank's return as he is next found arriving at New York aboard the Cedric on 7 October 1911. He returning to England for a final time in December 1911.
In January 1912 Frank's brother Alfred had been elected Mayor of Moose Jaw and called upon Frank to come back to Canada to look after the business while he tended to his civic duties. With his family in England, Frank may have intended to settle up his affairs in Canada once and for all.
Boarding the Titanic at Southampton as a second class passenger (ticket number 239059, £16). He was joined at Queenstown by a family friend, the Rev. Charles Kirkland.
Maybery died in the sinking, his body, if recovered, was never identified. His and Ella's third daughter, Nancy Frances was born on 3 December that year.
Joyce Maybery died aged 20 in 1929; daughter Ruth Enid died in 2003; and the daughter he never met, Nancy, died aged 100 in 2013.
Frances Ella Maybery, Frank's widow, died 7 December 1968 aged 88.