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George Bailey

Mr George Bailey was born in Lambeth, London, England in 1868 and he was baptised in St Barnabas' Church in Kennington, Surrey on 19 February 1871.

He was the son of Edward Bailey (b. 1836), a carman 1 and Emily Hiscock (b. 1832), natives of Chertsey, Surrey and Ringwood, Hampshire respectively who had married in London in 1858.

He had three known siblings: Emily (1859-1939), Agnes Jemima (1861-1941) and James (b. 1870).

He first appears on the 1871 census when he was a resident of Thorne Street in Lambeth; by 1881 the family address was 28 Cavendish Grove and a 14-year-old George had already left school and was working as an errand boy. What became of his parents is not certain but by the time of the 1891 census he and his younger brother James were living with their married sister Agnes (Mrs William Henry Herns),2 the wife of a butcher, at 57 Wellington Road, Lambeth; George was then described as a grocer's assistant. By 1901 Bailey and his brother James, a grocery clerk, were still living with Agnes and he was still a grocer's assistant; their address then was 60 Jasman (?) Road, Lambeth.

When Bailey first went to sea is not known; he was aboard Titanic for her delivery trip from Belfast to Southampton and when he signed on for the maiden voyage on 4 April 1912 he gave his previous ship as the Olympic; as a first class saloon steward he could expect monthly wages of £3, 15s. He specified his address as Brooklands on Green Lane in Shepperton, Middlesex and which was the home address of his married sister Emily Catling who lived with her husband William Catling (b. 1847), a brick maker originally from Brentwood, Essex.3

George Bailey died in the sinking and his body was later recovered by the Mackay-Bennett (#161) and was buried at Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia on 8 May 1912.


CLOTHING - Rain coat over ship's uniform.




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His sister Emily continued to live at Brooklands for the rest of her life; never having had any children, she was widowed in 1929 and died on 9 April 1939. His sister Agnes died in Battersea on 3 November 1941 but what became of his brother James is not certain.


  1. As per Emily Bailey's marriage record in 1894 he was a carpenter; all census records describe him as a carman.
  2. Agnes married in Lambeth on 23 September 1885 to William Henry Herns (b. 1861), a butcher from Wantage, Berkshire. With him she had ten children, losing two in infancy (as per the 1911 census). Their eight surviving children were: Emily Agnes (b. 1887), George William James (b. 1888), Charles Edward (b. 1889), Albert Arthur (b. 1892), Elsie Florence (b. 1894), Cyril George (b. 1896), Thomas Frederick (b. 1901) and Alfred Ernest (b. 1904). Agnes and her family appeared on the 1911 census living at 7 Mossbury Road, Clapham, Battersea. She died on 3 November 1941.
  3. Emily Bailey was married in Clapham, London on 19 September 1894 to William Catling, son of Edward Catling, also a brick maker. At the time she specified her local address as in Clapham; she appeared on the 1891 census living as a parlour maid on Grove Road, Bournemouth. She and her husband appeared on the 1911 census as residents of Brooklands on Green Lane in Shepperton, Middlesex. She died on died on 9 April 1939.

Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr George Bailey
Born: circa.1868 in London, England
Age: 44 years (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Single
Last Residence: at Brooklands, Green Lane Shepperton, Middlesex, England
Occupation: Saloon Steward
Last Ship: Olympic
Embarked: Belfast on Monday 1st April 1912
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body recovered by: Mackay-Bennett (No. 161)
Buried: Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on Wednesday 8th May 1912

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Research Articles

Senan Molony Titanica! (2005) Identifying Stewards

Documents and Certificates

1871, 1881, 1891, 1901 Census (England)
Agreement and Account of Crew, National Archives, London; BT100/259
General Register Office: Index of Births, Marriages and Deaths
Titanic Crew Particulars of Engagement (Belfast), Ulster Folk and Transport Museum (TRANS 2A/45 381)
(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) Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths of Passengers and Seamen at Sea, National Archives, London; BT334/52 & 334/53
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  1. scarlett (449)

    scarlett (449) said:

    I find the titanic soooooo intresting !! it is amazing and its my topic at school i love history easpisally this THE TITANIC TERORR!!! :)

  2. DianneD

    DianneD said:

    There appears to be a George Bailey and George W Bailey. George W Bailey spent his last night before joining Titanic at a house in Woolston, three doors away from a house I used to own. Hence my fascination, Brooke Road, now Poole Road. I cant find a trace on him myself and wonder if anybody else can! Is this a mysterious person or somebody that didn't actually join the ship, any ideas ...

  3. Kate Powell

    Kate Powell said:

    Hi Dianne, I found this page mentioning a Mr. George W Bailey aboard Titanic and it gives his occupation as fireman

  4. DianneD

    DianneD said:

    Thank you Kate, I am fairly certain that George W Bailey is the man I am currently researching! I was pretty concerned when George F Bailey came along! I've read the profile for George Frank Bailey but I am fairly sure he is another person! Just for interest, the remains of George W Bailey are interred at Fairlawn Cemetery in Canada .... getting more complicated by the minute! Thank you

  5. Steven Christian

    Steven Christian said:

    Let me help confuse you even more...:p. Actually maybe this will help some from what I found. 1. George W Bailey and George Frank Bailey have the same identical bio's. Same B-Days and there was only one Bailey in the engineering crew. They are the same person IMO. I believe the confusion came from the crew list of the U.S. Senate inquiry. Link below. I think they mis-scribed his name. 2. They also seem to have mis-scribed the name of the ships Master at Arms Mr. Henry Joseph Bailey also giving an initial of W. (also in link below) 3. George Bailey, (no middle name) the steward is the one... Read full post

  6. DianneD

    DianneD said:

    Good morning all and thank you to the posters who have tried to help me :) I have gone back to the crew list produced by Southampton Council. I am researching George W Bailey, who was born in Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales, he was a fireman and did not survive the titanic! I will probably get his birth certificate and see what that reveals!

  7. Kate Powell

    Kate Powell said:

    You're very welcome Dianne. The similar names makes this quite confusing. I wish you all the best with your search for information on George W Bailey.

  8. Iain T

    Iain T said:

    One confusing aspect about the George Baileys is that the marker for body 161 in Fairview shows "G.F. Bailey", but is identified as being the remains of George Bailey (Saloon Steward).

  9. Steven Christian

    Steven Christian said:

    Yes that is confusing. I think someone made the headstone name wrong. G,F Bailey's body was never recovered. Also who ever made the headstone misspelled his name. There was no BAILLEY listed on Titanic. I wonder how the DNA project is going there...if it still is.

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