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Gordon Raleigh Davies

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.  

Gorden is remembered on the family headstone in Kirkdale cemetery, Fazakerley, Liverpool (section 7, grave 1490).

References and Sources

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

Graves and Memorials

Kirkdale Cemetery, Fazakerley, Liverpool, England
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  1. alexandra franklin

    Charles' birthday is incorrect, he was my Grandfather, Gordon my Great Grandfather. Elizabeth Derbyshire is buried in Park Royal, North London along with her daughter Bessie who died when she was 18

  2. Jill Carlier

    Can you tell us when his birthday is please.

  3. alexandra franklin

    I am Gordon's great granddaughter, Charles' granddaughter. There seems to be a couple of mistakes in this text, (Charles' birthday and Elizabeth Darbyshire returning to Liverpool) was wondering where this information came from? There are losts of unanswered questions I'm keen to find the answer to....

  4. alexandra franklin

    Charles' birthday was 19th February 1907

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Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr Gordon Raleigh Davies
Age: 32 years 11 months and 9 days (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Married to Elizabeth Alice Darbyshire
Last Residence: at Hillside Avenue Southampton, Hampshire, England
Last Ship: Oceanic
Embarked: Belfast on Monday 1st April 1912
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Identified

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