Mr 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.

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References and Sources

Crew Particulars of Engagement
White Star Line (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. (#161)
Particulars of Engagement (Belfast), Ulster Folk and Transport Museum (TRANS 2A/45 381)
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
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Encyclopedia Titanica (2017) George Bailey (ref: #1728, last updated: 21st October 2017, accessed 29th May 2020 14:59:20 PM)