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Henri Marie Jaillet

à la carte restaurant pastry cook

Henri Marie Jaillet
Henri Marie Jaillet

Henri Marie Jaillet was born in Lyon, Rhône-Alpes, France on 26 October 1873. He was the son of Charles Frédéric Jaillet (b. 1844) and Joséphine Marie Guillermet (b. 1851).

It is likely Henri first came to England in the early 1900s and he was married in Suffolk on 14 September 1903 to Lydia Florence Hutton (b. 1876 in Holburn, London). The couple had a child, Henri Marie Victor (b. 1 August 1907) but Lydia died around the same time, possibly during childbirth.

Henri was remarried in London in early 1911 to Margaret Meffen Brodie Farquharson (b. 1885), a native of Edinburgh, Scotland, the daughter of James C. and Elizabeth Farquharson. The couple appeared on the 1911 census living at  Luckham, Colerne, Chippenham, Wiltshire where Henri was described as a domestic chef in the employ of Baron William MacBride.

Henri and Margaret went on to have a child, Frederick Ronald, who was born in London on 25 June 1911.

When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 6th April, 1912, Henri gave his address as 4 Queens Park Terrace, London and his previous ship as the Lusitania. As a member of the à la carte restaurant he was employed, and therefore paid, by Mr Gatti.

Jaillet died in the sinking. His body was recovered by the Mackay-Bennett (#277), on 30 April 1912 and his effects were given to the agent of the White Star Line A. G. Jones & Co. for delivery to his relatives in England. He was buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia on 10 May, 1912.

Grave of body No. 277


CLOTHING - Checkered trousers; blue coat and vest; dark overcoat; blue and white striped pyjamas; brown boots; "H. J." on pyjamas.

EFFECTS - 3s. 10d. in purse; knife; a card with "H. Jaillet (Chef).


His widow and children, including his mother-in-law from his previous marriage, Sarah Hutton, received financial support from the Titanic relief fund as Class B dependants (widow £1, 12s 6d a week, children 5s, 6d per week and mother-in-law 3s, 6d every week).

His widow never remarried and remained in London where she died in 1947.

His son Frederick was married in 1935 to Olive Ivy Harrod (b. 1911) and they had one child. Frederick died in Norfolk in 1995.

His son Victor later emigrated to Australia and died in Brisbane in 1990.


1. The Senate List gives his address as Jamison Street, Notting Hill Gate, London, W.

Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr Henri Marie Jaillet
Age: 38 years 5 months and 20 days (Male)
Nationality: French
Marital Status: Married to Margaret Farquharson
Last Residence: at 4 Queens Park Terrace London, England
Last Ship: Lusitania
Embarked: Southampton on Saturday 6th April 1912
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body recovered by: Mackay-Bennett (No. 277)
Buried: Mount Olivet Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on Friday 10th May 1912

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References and Sources

List Compiled by the Consul General of France (Maurice De Coppet), 17th June, 1913

Documents and Certificates

Agreement and Account of Crew, National Archives, London; BT100/259
(1912) Record of Bodies and Effects (Passengers and Crew S.S. "Titanic") Recovered by Cable Steamer "MacKay Bennett" Including Bodies Buried at Sea and Bodies Delivered at Morgue in Halifax, N.S.
(1912) United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List, Titanic Inquiry Project
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  1. sarah jane stockton

    sarah jane stockton said:

    If anyone knows more about henri jaillet i would love to hear about it.He is well was my great grandfather. cheers Sj

  2. Brian J. Ticehurst

    Brian J. Ticehurst said:

    Sara Jane, Here is my printout on Mr. Jaillet - not much but it might help. Cheers Brian Jaillet, Henri Marie. Lived in Jamison Street, London. Occupation - Pastry Cook. (Ritz Restaurant). 37 years old. (Born in France). Born at Lyon, France on the 26th October 1891. (From: Mansion House Titanic Relief Fund Booklet, March 1913) Number 477. Jaillet, Henry Mari Victor child. Janin, Landre, mother. Jaillet, Margaret, widow. Jaillet, Frederick Ernest child. Hutton, Sarah, grandmother. All class B dependants. Body number 277. Estimated age 35. Very dark hair and... Read full post

  3. Raelene Heath

    Raelene Heath said:

    Hi I'm trying to trace my family tree. My great grandfather was Henri Jaillet .I am looking for any information on him that will help. In particular where he was born and his wifes name. Also where he was working and living before taking the posting on the Titanic.Thanks Raelene

  4. Bob Godfrey

    Bob Godfrey said:

    Hallo, Raelene. According to Henri's biographical entry on this site, he was married to Margaret and their two children were Henri and Frederick. Margaret's mother Sarah Hutton also lived with the family. The address which Henri gave when he signed on for the voyage was 4, Queens Park Terrace, London. But the US Senate Inquiry had another address listed - Jamison Street, Notting Hill Gate, London. Before Titanic, Henri worked aboard another ill-fated liner, the Lusitania. He was born in France, at Lyon. If you look in the archived sections of the guestbook (top of this page) and... Read full post

  5. Bob Godfrey

    Bob Godfrey said:

    Incidentally, Raelene, you might get more responses if you post in the Crew Research section of the forum, which as a member you are able to do. The Guestbook is intended for non-members, and not all of the regulars keep an eye on this part of the site.

  6. Kerri Edwards

    Kerri Edwards said:

    Hi i'm Ryan and i'm ten yr's old, I live in Australia. Henri was my great great grandfather.

  7. Bettina Clements

    Bettina Clements said:

    Hi,my name is Bettina Clements(née Jaillet) I am the second youngest child of Victor's 16 children.

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