George Hannam was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England in 1882 and his birth was registered in the September quarter of that year. He was the son of Arthur Hannam (1845-1884) and Sarah Elizabeth Cox (1850-1927). His father hailed from Bradford, Somerset and his mother from Beaulieu, Hampshire and they were married in Southampton in 1871.
George was one of eight children, four of whom died in infancy. His known siblings were: Elizabeth (b. 1874), Arthur (b. 1876), Elisha Frederick (b. 1878) and William Henry (b. 1880). Just prior to George's birth, his family were listed on the 1881 census living at 3 Princes Street, Southampton and his father was described as a coal labourer. His father passed away in 1884 and the family are apparently absent from the 1891 census.
On the 1901 census George is listed as living at 73 Princes Street, Southampton where his widowed mother was described as a servant and George as a servant's son with his profession being a ship's shipper (?). George is absent from the 1911 census but his mother is living at 1 Oxford Terrace, Oxford Cottages, Northam, Southampton and would declare herself as married.
When George signed on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as 1 Oxford Terrace (Southampton) and his age as 27. His previous ship had been the Danube. As a fireman he received monthly wages of £6.
George Hannam, who was unmarried, died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified. The following death notice appeared in the Hampshire Independent (unknown date):
HANNAM--April 15, on the s.s. Titanic, George Hannam aged 30, loving and youngest son of Sarah E. Hannam, and of the late Arthur Hannam, 1 Oxford Terrace, Millbank Street, Southampton. May his dear soul rest in peace.
His mother continued to live in Southampton where she died in 1927 aged 77.