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Johannes Vögelin-Dubach

Mr Johannes Vögelin-Dubach (Coffee Man, Restaurant) was born in Reigoldswil, Waldenburg, Switzerland on 23 September 1876.

He came to England as a young man in search of work and on 16 June 1900, in Westminster, London, he was married to Lina Dubach (b. 1878), a native of Lützelflüh, Kanton Bern, Switzerland. The couple had three children: Johannah (b. 1899), Lina Rosalie (b. 1902) and Hans Aloys (b. 1903).

He and his family appear on the 1911 census living at 8 Lumber Court, St Giles, West London and he was described as a head pantry man in the Savoy Hotel.

Before joining the Titanic Johannes Vögelin had worked aboard other ships of the White Star Line, previously the Olympic. His wages were £1, 15s a week and he commenced work on the Titanic on 6 April 1912. Also serving aboard was a friend and colleague, Gérald Grosclaude.

Like the vast majority of those working in the restaurant, Johannes Vögelin-Dubach died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

His widow Lina received compensation of £300 from White Star Line (paid weekly £1-2 in the beginning, later £4). From the Lord Mayor Fund she was paid £50. The outstanding wages were for 6 days at 30s. His mother also received from assistance from the Lord Mayor Fund of £30 which was paid weekly.

His widow Lina never remarried and continued to live her life in southwest London, later at 15 Leander Road. She died on 25 May 1950 aged 72.

His son Hans, better known as John, never married. He died on 21 May 1958.

His daughter Lina was married in 1927 to Cyril Horace Greenfield (1901-1970) but had no children; they were later divorced. She died in London on 16 March 1966.

His daughter Johanna was married in 1918 to Ernest William McGann (1892-1973) and raised a family. She resettled in Australia in New South Wales and died in Queanbeyan in 1978.

Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Sig. Johannes Vögelin-Dubach
Age: 35 years 6 months and 22 days (Male)
Nationality: Swiss
Marital Status: Married to Lina Dubach
Last Residence: at 8 Lumber Court London, England
Occupation: Coffee Man
Last Ship: Olympic
Embarked: Southampton on Saturday 6th April 1912
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Recovered

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