Mr Gilbert Rimmer

Gilbert Rimmer

Mr Gilbert Rimmer was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England in mid-1883.

He was the son of John Rimmer (b. 1844) and Alice Witter (b. 1848), natives of from Scarisbrick and Halsall in Lancashire, respectively and they were married in 1866, producing eleven children, six of whom lived past infancy. Their known children, besides Gilbert were: Thomas (b. 1867), William (b. 1869), John (b. 1871), Charles Wesley (b. 1875), Elizabeth (b. 1878), William (b. 1880), Alice Ann (b. 1880), Jane (b. 1882) and Elsie (b. 1891).

Gilbert first appears on the 1891 census and at that time he and his family were living at 59 Rushton (?) Street, Everton and his father was described as a casker (in a brewery house). They had relocated to 429 Scotland Road, Liverpool by the time of the 1901 census and Gilbert also appears to be working in a brewery.

When he commenced a career at sea is not clear but Rimmer first appears on crew records in March 1903 when serving aboard Cedric as a steward; his stated address at the time was 429 Scotland Road and his previous ship was Germanic.

Gilbert was married in Liverpool in 1907 to Mary Elizabeth Adams (b. 1884 in Walton, Liverpool). The couple subsequently moved to Southampton where their son Gilbert Edward Lingarde, was born on 9 November 1908. The 1911 census shows Gilbert's wife and son living at 31 New Road, Southampton.

When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, Gilbert gave his address as 50 Cranbury Avenue, (Southampton). His previous ship had been the Oceanic and as a saloon steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s.

Gilbert Rimmer died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified. The following death notice appeared in The Hampshire Independent (unknown date):

RIMMER--Gilbert Rimmer, of 50, Cranbury Avenue, Southampton, who lost his life on s.s. Titanic, April 15th. Sadly missed by his sorrowing wife and child.

Gilbert's widow Mary was pregnant at the time of the disaster, giving birth to a son named Leslie Charles shortly after on 29 May 1912. What became of Mary is uncertain but she may have remarried and relocated north to Liverpool. She placed a memorial to her husband in the Liverpool Echo on 15 April 1914:

RIMMER--In loving memory of Gilbert, the beloved husband of Mary E. Rimmer, late of Cranbury Avenue, Southampton, who was lost at sea through the foundering of the steamer Titanic, April 15, 1912. (Deeply mourned by his loving wife and children).

His son Gilbert died in Chester in 1982 whilst his son Leslie died in Mold, Wales in February 2008 aged 95.


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Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
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