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George Richard Evans

First Class Saloon Steward

George Richard Evans
George Richard Evans

Mr George Richard Evans was born in Kirkdale, Liverpool, England, on 2 October 1884.

He was the son of George Evans (1852-1917), a police officer and later a ship stevedore, and Sarah Hughes (1853-1928), both of whom hailed from Liverpool and who had married on Christmas Day 1879. George had only one sibling, his elder brother Thomas William (1882-1946).

George and his family appear on the 1891 census listed at 21 Pluto Street, Kirkdale. The family would appear on the 1901 census living at 39 Garnett Avenue, Kirkdale, but George would be absent, presumably at sea. George's family were recorded on the 1911 census as living at 38 Garnett Avenue, Kirkdale, but he was unlisted and was again presumably at sea at the time.

Evans first joined the White Star Line around 1900 and had served aboard Cymric, Oceanic, Baltic, Adriatic and Olympic.

A keen footballer, he had helped secure several trophies for the White Star Line team, The White Star Wanderers.

He was married in Southampton on 9 March 1912 to a native of that city, Rose Brown (b. 13 September 1889) and were in the process of making their home there. Rose, known colloquially as “Tish,” was the daughter of labourer William Brown and the former Louisa Martha Wilkins.

Evans initially signed on to the Titanic in Belfast for her delivery trip to Southampton. When he signed on again for the maiden voyage on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as 36 Richmond Road, Southampton. His previous ship had been the Olympic, and as a first-class saloon steward, he received monthly wages of £3, 15s. It is reported that he had charge of the fresh fruit and flowers for the saloon tables. 

George Richard Evans died in the disaster, and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

His widow Rose had been pregnant of the sinking and later gave birth to a daughter, Audrey Isobel, who was welcomed on Christmas Eve (24 December) 1912.

Rose remained a widow for four years before remarrying in 1916 to Arthur Edwin Leahy (b. 1890 in Southampton), a seaman's union official. Leahy died on 4 June 1923, and Rose never remarried, remaining in Southampton where she also began a career at sea, rising to the rank of chief stewardess; vessels she worked aboard included Orbita, Berengaria and Carinthia. Her last address was 242 Foundry Lane, Southampton (her daughter Audrey's address), where she died on 5 July 1968 at the age of 78.

George's daughter Audrey was married in Southampton in 1934 to shipyard fitter and musician Herbert Frederick Thomas Soar (1910-1987), a Southampton native, and they had a son named Anthony in 1936. Their marriage later dissolved, both remarrying, with Audrey becoming Mrs Henry Stewart Adams in 1957. Audrey died in Shirley on 25 April 1990, aged 77. Her husband, Henry, died the following year.

References and Sources

Liverpool Daily Post, 23 April 1912, A North-End Hero

Documents and Certificates

Agreement and Account of Crew, National Archives, London; BT100/259
Titanic Crew Particulars of Engagement (Belfast), Ulster Folk and Transport Museum (TRANS 2A/45 381)
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Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr George Richard Evans
Age: 27 years 6 months and 13 days (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Married to Rose Brown
Last Ship: Olympic
Embarked: Belfast on Monday 1st April 1912
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Identified

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