Mr George Richard Evans

RMS Titanic Victim

Mr George Richard Evans was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, 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 first appears on the 1891 census when he and his family were living at 21 Pluto Street, Kirkdale, Lancashire. The family would appear on the 1901 census living at 39 Barnett Avenue, Kirkdale but George would be absent, presumably already at sea. George's family were recorded on the 1911 census as living at 38 Garnett Avenue, Kirkdale but he was unlisted and was perhaps at sea at the time.

George was married in early 1912 in Southampton to a native of that city, Rose Brown (b. 13 September 1889). They made their home there.
Evans initially signed-on to the Titanic in Belfast for her delivery trip to Southampton. When he signed-on again in Southampton on 4 April 1912 for the maiden voyage he gave his address as 36 Richmond Road, Southampton. His previous ship had been the Olympic and as a first-class steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s.

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

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

Rose remained a widow for four years before her remarriage in 1916 to Arthur Edward Leahy (b. 1890 in Southampton), a seaman's union official.

Arthur died in 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 Herbert Frederick Thomas Soar (1910-1987), a Southampton-native, and they had a son named Anthony in 1936. Their marriage later dissolved and with both remarrying, Audrey in 1957 to Henry S. Adams. Audrey died in Shirley on 25 April 1990 aged 77.

 

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References and Sources

Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Particulars of Engagement (Belfast), Ulster Folk and Transport Museum (TRANS 2A/45 381)
Search archive British newspapers online

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2019) George Richard Evans (ref: #1857, last updated: 23rd October 2019, accessed 28th May 2020 22:56:00 PM)
URL : https://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/titanic-victim/george-richard-evans.html