Mr George Pond

Mr George Pond was born in Wilburton, Cambridgeshire, England over the summer months of 1879.

He was the son of Joseph Pond (b. 1840) and Ann Gooby (b. 1841), both Cambridgeshire natives, of Wilburton and Littleport, respectively, who had married in 1866. He was one of six children (two of whom were lost in infancy) and his surviving siblings were: Hannah (1867-1951), Frederick (b. 1872) and Albert (1877-1952).

He first appears on the 1881 census living in High Street, Wilburton and his father was described as an agricultural labourer. His mother died in 1889 aged 47 and the remainder of the family show up on the 1891 census, still resident at High Street. George, aged 11, is still a school boy and his sister Hannah has taken over domestic duties within the house. George was absent from the family home, still on High Street, when the 1901 census was conducted, perhaps already at sea; his father was by now described as a milkman, later working as a gardener as described as such on the 1911 census. Still present with him were his unmarried children Hannah and Albert.

When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, George gave his address as the Sailors' Home, in Southampton. His last ship had been the Olympic and as a fireman he received monthly wages of £6.

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

His estate, worth £53, 4s, 7d, was administered to his father Joseph on 4 June 1912. His father later died in 1922.

Gavin Bell, UK
Peter Engberg-Klarström, Sweden
Bill Wormstedt, USA

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