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George Herbert Hinckley

George Herbert Hinckley was born in Mickleover, Derbyshire, England in the second half of 1872 and was baptised on 4 August that same year. He was the son of Herbert John Hinckley (1842-1884), a veterinary surgeon, and Mary Ann Holmes (1849-1884). His parents, both Derbyshire-natives, had been married in early 1871.

George had five known siblings: John Thomas (b. 1873), Ida Mary (b. 1876), Augusta Annie (b. 1877), Jane Elizabeth (b. 1879) and Ellen Fanny (b. 1881).

George first appears on the 1881 census. He and his family were then living at Sutton on Hill, Derbyshire. His parents died within months of each other in 1884 and he and his siblings were taken in by their maternal grandparents, John Brooks Holmes and his wife Elizabeth, who were resident in Mickleover and would be listed there on the 1891 census. George is not present and is likely to have left school when he came of age and commenced work. He is listed elsewhere as a servant (hall boy) in the employ of the wealthy Colonel Edmund Arthur Le Gendre Starkie and his family at Huntroyde Hall, Padiham, Simonstone, Lancashire. The 1901 census would see George still working for wealthy families, now as a footman. His employer this time was the shipping agent Frederick James Harrison at Maer Hall, Maer, Staffordshire.

George commenced work with the White Star Line around 1906 and served on various ships including Olympic.

When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as 2 Oxford Street, (Southampton). His last ship had been the Olympic. As a second class steward he received monthly wages of £3 15s. George was reportedly also on board Titanic for her delivery trip from Belfast to Southampton and later recounted to his sister that the run was smooth and steady and that Titanic was much superior to her sister, a ship he found "unlucky."

George Hinckley, who was unmarried, died in the sinking. His body was recovered by the Mackay-Bennett (#66) and buried at sea on 22 April 1912.

N0. 66. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 50. - HAIR, DARK.

CLOTHING - Blue serge suit; blue striped flannel shirt; black boots and socks.

EFFECTS - Silver watch and chain; match box, "G.H."; bunch of keys; letters to
2 Oxford St., Southampton.



Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr George Herbert Hinckley
Age: 40 years (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Single
Last Residence: at 2 Oxford Street Southampton, Hampshire, England
Last Ship: Olympic
Embarked: Southampton on Thursday 4th April 1912
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body recovered by: Mackay-Bennett (No. 66)
Buried at Sea, on Monday 22nd April 1912

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References and Sources

Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
White Star Line (1912.) Record of Bodies and Effects (Passengers and Crew S.S. "Titanic") Recovered by Cable Steamer "MacKay Bennett"

Newspaper Articles

Nottingham Daily Express (22 April 1912) DERBYSHIRE VICTIM
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  1. Iain Stuart Yardley said:

    Afternoon all, Some time ago I read in a contemporary newspaper that George Hinckley, 35, originally of Derby, was best friends with 3rd class passenger George Green. Both men died in the disaster. Apart from this one report, is there any other evidence to suggest that both men were best friends? Cheers, Boz

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    Brian J. Ticehurst said:

    Boz - the below will not answer the above but you might find it interesting - cheers Brian (From The Nottingham Daily Express, Monday, April 22nd 1912, page 6). DERBYSHIRE VICTIM Among the missing is George Henry Hickley, a Derby man, who was a steward on board the ill-fated liner. He was well known in the Rowditch district of the town, as he often visited his sister, Mrs. Knowles, wife of Mr. Knowles, of the Lonsdate Dairy, Uttoxeter Road. Six years ago he obtained a berth with the White Star Company as a steward, and he was on the Olympic before being placed on the... Read full post

  3. Iain Stuart Yardley said:

    Thanks for that Brian. George Green was from Dorking in Surrey but his wife was from Coventry, also in the Midlands. Maybe there's a connection? I'll have to do some snooping.... Cheers, Boz

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