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George Edward Roberton

Titanic Second Class Steward

George Edward Roberton
George Edward Roberton

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.


EFFECTS - One pair scissors and eleven pence; letter to W. G. Roberton.


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:




1. Sometimes listed as "Robertson".

Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr George Edward Roberton
Age: 19 years 7 months and 11 days (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Single
Last Residence: at 36 Mount Street Southampton, Hampshire, England
Last Ship: Oceanic
Embarked: Southampton on Thursday 4th April 1912
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body recovered by: Mackay-Bennett (No. 127)
Buried at Sea on Tuesday 23rd April 1912

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References and Sources

Agreement 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"

Newspaper Articles

Hampshire Independent (27 April 1912) Death Notice:

Documents and Certificates

Agreement and Account of Crew, National Archives, London; BT100/259
Mansion House Titanic Relief Fund: Roberton
(1912) Record of Bodies and Effects (Passengers and Crew S.S. "Titanic") Recovered by Cable Steamer "MacKay Bennett" Including Bodies Buried at Sea and Bodies Delivered at Morgue in Halifax, N.S.


(1912) Minute Book of the White Star Company (9)

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Family Grave (2)
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