Mr George Gumery

Mr George Gumery (Engineering Mess Steward) was born in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England on 20 December 1887.

He was the only child of George Gumery (b. 1863) and Harriet Anne Sherry (b. 1865). Both his parents hailed from the greater Birmingham area and had married on 19 December 1886. His father worked as a confectionery sugar boiler.

As a child George attended the Tindall Street Boy's School and was a member of the Moseley Road Congregational Church; in later years, he reportedly took an interest in amateur dramatics. His mother died in 1899 and his unmarried maternal aunt Elizabeth Emma Sherry (b. 1861) moved in to care for him and his father. They appear on the 1901 census living at 13 Runcorn Road, Balsall Heath, Worcestershire. George would lose his father in 1909.

George was absent from the 1911 census, perhaps at sea, but his aunt Elizabeth was recorded as lodging at 1 Dartmouth Road, Selly Oak, Worcestershire and she was described as an unmarried seamstress.

When he signed on to Titanic on 6 April 1912, Gumery gave his local address as 24 Canute Road, Southampton and his previous ship as the St Louis. He was one of four engineering mess stewards serving on the ship and it appears, judging by their wages, that he and his colleague Cecil Fitzpatrick were subordinate to the other two--John Coleman and Stanley Blake--earning just £3, 15 per month. Only Fitzpatrick would survive the disaster.

George Gumery died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

His aunt Elizabeth later benefitted from a grant of £15 from the Titanic Relief Fund. She outlived him by over two decades and died in Birmingham in 1935.


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Birmingham Daily Gazette. April 16-29 1912
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(2020) George Gumery Encyclopedia Titanica (ref: #1503, updated 27th January 2020 23:00:29 PM)