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George Albert Rickman

Mr George Albert Dolman Rickman was born in Milford, Hampshire, England in the second quarter of 1876.1

He was the son of Sarah Rickman (b. 1858), a native of Hordle, Hampshire who was the daughter of George Rickman and Rosina, née Holes. Sarah was unmarried at the time of her son's birth and the identity of his father is not certain. Sarah would later marry to John Bates, a soldier, and had at least one more child, a daughter named Annie Charlotte (b. 1879), before settling in Freshwater on the Isle of Wight.

George, his mother and half-sister Annie appear on the 1881 census living at Dubbs Lane, Freshwater. What became of George's family is not known and they would not appear on future census records, possibly having emigrated. By the time the 1891 census had been conducted George was living with his maternal aunt and uncle, George (a thatcher) and Ellen Rickman and their large family at Lymore Cottage in Milford, Hampshire. George perhaps went to sea when he came of suitable age and would be absent from the 1901 census. His adoptive family at the time were living at the same address as the previous census.

George was married in Southampton in late 1906 to Mary Ann Smith (b. 10 March 1876 in Mile End, London) but they would have no children. They appear on the 1911 census living at 40 Derby Road, St Mary, Southampton and George is described as a yacht seaman.

When he signed on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, George gave his address as 40 Derby Road, Southampton. His previous ship had been the Mauna and as a fireman he could expect monthly wages of £6.

George Rickman died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified. The following death notice appeared in the Southern Daily Echo on 20 May 1912:

RICKMAN--George "Will". Beloved husband of Mary Rickman, of 40 Derby Road, Southampton, aged 36 years.

His widow Mary Ann never remarried and remained in Southampton where she died in 1960.


  1. His birth was registered in Lymington in the second quarter of 1876 

References and Sources

1881, 1891, 1911 Census (England)
United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List
RMS Titanic: Agreement and Account of Crew (National Archives, London, BT100/259)
RMS Titanic: Casualty List (National Archives, London, BT100/259)
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  1. Elleen Rae Geiger

    Elleen Rae Geiger

    Possible relation to me. Does anyone have any info on G. Rickman. My genealogy of my Rickmans takes me back to Milford G. Rickman stated he was born. Are there any Rickman's on this board, that would be interesting.

  2. Brian J. Ticehurst

    Dear Elleen, Here is my entry from my database on Mr. Rickman: Rickman, George Albert (Will). Lived at 40 Derby Road, Northam, Southampton. Occupation - Fireman. 36 years old. Born at Milford, Hampshire. Death Notice Southern Daily Echo 20th May 1912 and Hampshire Independent 25th May 1912). Rickman, George Albert (Will). Beloved Husband of Mary Rickman, of 40 Derby Road, Southampton. Aged 36 Years. (From: Mansion House Titanic Relief Fund Booklet, March 1913) Number 225. Rickman, Mary Ann, widow. Class G dependent. I hope it helps? Brian J. Ticehurst - Southampton UK

  3. Elleen Rae Geiger

    Elleen Rae Geiger

    Brian thank you so very much for the information on Rickman. It sure does help as now I can go through my genealogy to maybe connect him with us. Your sure a blessing. I'm new at this researching genealogy so can use all the help I can get...great news. Elleen

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Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr George Albert Rickman
Age: 36 years (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Married to Mary Ann Smith
Last Residence: at 40 Derby Road Southampton, Hampshire, England
Occupation: Fireman
Last Ship: Mauna
Embarked: Southampton on Saturday 6th April 1912
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Recovered

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