Sig. Giovanni Giuseppe Emilio Saccaggi

Giovanni Giuseppe Emilio Saccaggi was born in Cannobio, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Piedmont, Italy 1 on 8 September 1887. He was the son of Luigi Saccaggi and Maria Gabbani.

He came to Britain as a young man and was married in London in 1909 to Ethel May Harlow (b. 1878 in Wivenhoe, Essex), the daughter of Captain William Charles Harlow and his wife Sarah Anna, née Hazell.

Giovanni and Ethel had a son, William Rudolph "Rodolfo", later that year on 12 September 1909. The young family appear on the 1911 census living at 22 Ponsonby Place, Westminster and Giovanni is described as a hotel waiter.

When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, Saccaggi gave his address as 20 Ponsonby Place, Westminster, London and his previous ship as the Olympic. He came on board the Titanic on 10 April 1912.

Giovanni Saccaggi died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.

His widow Ethel had been pregnant at the time and gave birth to a daughter named Beatrice Grace on 29 November 1912.  Ethel never remarried and later lived at 18 Springfield Road, East Ham and she died on 16 June 1947.

William was later married to Florence Lillian Thompson (1910-2004) and he became an accountant. He died in Harrow in 1992.

Giovanni's posthumous daughter Beatrice was married in East Ham in 1939 to Edward Arthur Kingston (1909-1994) and had two children. She died in Surrey in 1995.


  1. He declared his birthplace as Milan on the 1911 census

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References and Sources

Particulars of Engagement, Public Record Office (BT100/259)
Report United State Senate n° 806, Crew List, 1912
Search archive British and Irish newspapers online

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