George Snellgrove was born in early 1871 in Millbrook, Hampshire, England and was baptised on 26 March that year.
He was the son of Alfred Snellgrove (b. 1828), a labourer, and Eliza Mintram (b. 1836), Millbrook natives who had married in 1865.
George had four known siblings: Sarah Jane (b. 1862), William Alfred (b. 1863), James Ayling (b. 1867) and Henry (b. 1868).
George first appears on the 1871 census when he was five weeks old and he and his family were living at Wimpson Square in Millbrook. The family would still be here by the time of the 1881 census. George would be described as a general labourer when he appeared on the 1891 census and he was still living with his family, now at Maybush Hill, Millbrook.
George was married to a woman named Selina Annie (b. circa 1867 in Hampshire?) 1 but the couple apparently had no children. The 1911 census shows George, his wife and widowed mother Eliza (his father had passed away in 1902) living at 9 Cecil Avenue and George is described as a ship's fireman and his wife a laundress.
When he signed on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, George gave his address as 9 Cecil Avenue, (Southampton) and his previous ship as the Oceanic. As a fireman he could expect monthly wages of £6.
George Snellgrove died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.
His mother later died in 1916. His widow Selina was never remarried and remained in Southampton where she died in 1928.
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- Her maiden name is uncertain; their marriage was apparently never registered and the 1911 census does not indicate the length of time their marriage had lasted for. It's possible the marriage was 'common law'.