Gordon Raleigh Davies was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England on 6 May 1879. He was baptised in St Paul's Church, Kirkdale on 1 October that same year and was the son of Robert Henry Davies (1849-1921) and Sarah Jane Bellis (1850-1914). His father was a native of Bootle, Lancashire and his mother from Flintshire, Wales who had married in Liverpool in 1873. He was one of nine children, his known siblings being: Robert Henry (b. 1871), Gertrude Maud (b. 1877), Florence Beatrice (b. 1884), Ada Evelyn (b. 1886), Albert Edward (b. 1888), Doris Elizabeth (b. 1893) and Phyllis (b. 1902)
Gordon first appears on the 1881 census and at that time he and his family were living at 127 Medlock Street, Kirkdale, Liverpool but his seafaring father was absent. By the time of the 1891 census Gordon is still at school and still living with his family at 144 Bedford Road, St John, Bootle. Still at the same address by the time of the 1901 census, a 21-year-old Gordon is now described as a ship's steward, like his father and older brother Robert.
Gordon was married in Liverpool in early 1904 to Elizabeth Alice Darbyshire (b. 9 November 1879 in Bootle, Lancashire) and together they would have three children: Gordon (b. 1904), Charles (b. 31 January 1907) and Bessie (b. 1911). They appear as a family whilst living at Irefusis, Hillside Avenue, Bitterne Park, Southampton on the 1911 census and Gordon was still described as a ship's steward, having moved to that city sometime around 1909.
When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, Gordon gave his address as Hillside Avenue, (Southampton). His last ship had been the Oceanic. As a bedroom steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s.
Davies died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.
His widow is not believed to have remarried but relocated back to her native Liverpool where she died in the 1940s.
Geoff Whitfield, UK
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