Mr George Edward Roberton was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England on 4 September 1892.
He was the son of Thomas Alexander Roberton (1861-1937), a dock labourer, and Alice Lydia Bickers (1863-1936), both Southampton natives who had married in 1885.
He had four siblings: James Alexander (1886-1946), Alexander Thomas (1888-1958), Ellen Mary (1890-1932, later Mrs William G. Evans) and Emily Jessie (1894-1952, later Mrs Robert Hiscock).
Roberton first appears on the 1901 census living at 31 Mount Street, Southampton with his parents and his siblings. The family home would be 36 Mount Street by the time of the 1911 census but George was absent and presumably at sea.
When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as 36 Mount Street, Southampton. His previous ship had been the Oceanic and as a second class steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s. Also serving aboard as a steward was his cousin Charles Andrews, the son of his father's sister Emily Ann Roberton Andrews (b. 1859).
George Roberton died in the sinking. His body was later recovered by the Mackay-Bennett (#127) and buried at sea on 23 April 1912.
NO. 127. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 18.
CLOTHING - Steward's uniform and white coat; purple and green pyjamas.
NO MARKS ON BODY OR CLOTHING.
EFFECTS - One pair scissors and eleven pence; letter to W. G. Roberton.
SECOND CLASS STEWARD, No. 33.
NAME - W. G. ROBERTSON. 36 Mount St., Southampton.
The following death notice appeared in the Hampshire Independent on 27 April 1912:
Robertson--George Edward, 19, Dearly beloved Son of Thomas and Alice Roberton, of 36 Mount Street.
His father, mother and sisters later benefitted from the Titanic Relief Fund. His parents remained in Southampton and both died in the mid 1930s. George is remembered on the family grave in Hollybrook Cemetery, Southampton and the inscription reads:
LOST AT SEA, SS TITANIC 1912, AGED 19
Articles and Stories
Hampshire Independent (1912)
References and SourcesAgreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
White Star Line (1912.) Record of Bodies and Effects (Passengers and Crew S.S. "Titanic") Recovered by Cable Steamer "MacKay Bennett"