Mr George John Marett

Mr George John Marett was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England in the summer of 1885 and his birth was registered in the third quarter of that year. 

He was the son of François William Marett (b. 1852) and Jane Elizabeth Marett1 (b. 1849), both natives of St Helier, Jersey2 who had married on 25 August 1872.

George was one of nine children, his siblings being: Francis Joseph (b. 1873), William Francis (b. 1874), Frederick Ernest (1876-1943), Maud Elizabeth (b. 1878), Joshua/Joseph (1880-1917), William John (b. 1881), Alice Margaret (b. 1883) and Emmeline Elizabeth (b. 1888).

George first appears on the 1891 census as a five-year-old whilst living with his family at 3 Wharf Street, St Mary, Southampton, his father at the time being described as a dock labourer, and the family are still listed here on the 1901 census. On the former record two of his neighbours just doors apart were the families of Walter Binstead and Thomas Instance with who he was probably acquainted.

By 1901 George had already left school and was working as an errand boy. He is not listed with his family on the 1911 census and is apparently at sea, but his parents were listed at 32 Elm Street, Chapel, Southampton. His father was then described as a dock railway labourer for the South Western Company.

When George signed on to the Titanic on 6 April 1912 he gave his address as 32 Elm Street, Southampton. His previous ship had been the Oceanic and as a fireman he could expect monthly wages of £6.

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

George's father died in Southampton in 1928 and his mother the following year. His brother Joseph had continued to serve in the Merchant Marine during the course of WWI and lost his life whilst serving aboard HM Yacht Verona on 24 February 1917.


  1. His mother's maiden name was also Marett
  2. They gave their birthplace as St Helier in the 1881 and 1911 censuses. In the 1891 and 1901 censuses, they gave their birthplace as Southampton.

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Gavin Bell, UK

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2019) George John Marett (ref: #1566, last updated: 21st August 2019, accessed 30th September 2020 15:36:21 PM)