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John Charles Mabey

John Charles Mabey was born in Freemantle, Hampshire, England on 11 September 1888. He was the son of William John Mabey (1841-1910) and Amelia Frances Jackson (1846-1897), both natives of Eling, Hampshire who had married there in 1863.

John had eleven known siblings, of which he was the youngest: Henry Charles David (b. 1865), William Alfred (b. 1868), Albert (b. 1872), Charles (b. 1873), George (b. 1875), Letitia Florence (b. 1877), Arthur Archibald (b. 1879), Minnie Jane (b. 1880), Edwin Morris (b. 1881), Kathleen Flora (b. 1883) and Ethel Olive (b. 1886). All of the males in this family are believed to have went to sea.

On the 1891 census John and his family are living at 55 Millbrook Road, Millbrook, Hampshire and his father is described as a master mariner. On the 1901 census he is listed as living with his brother William at Fishers Road, Totton, Hampshire, his mother having passed away in 1897 and his father perhaps working at sea. His father would later die in 1910 in Southampton as a result of drowning in the Southampton Water estuary. On the 1911 census John, still unmarried, is living with another brother George at 123 Bevois Valley Road, Southampton and he is listed as a ship's steward.

When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as 27 Grove Road, (Southampton). His last ship had been the Olympic. As a third class steward he received monthly wages of £3 15s.

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

Following the disaster John's eldest brother Henry Charles had a son in 1915 who would be named after him. The younger John Charles would later marry, raise a family and die in Cornwall in 2001.

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Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
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  1. Co3

    John Mabey was a my husband's great great uncle. John's father died in in 1910 and his brother also died years later drowning accidents in the Solent, Hampshire. His mother had already died a few years previously, so John was living with his brother's mother in law in Grove Road before he arrived on Titanic. Family stories passed down from John's niece (my husband's great grandmother), tell of her being offered a ticket (then aged 16) on Titanic which she thankfully declined.

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Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr John Charles Mabey
Age: 23 years 7 months and 4 days (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Single
Last Residence: at 27 Grove Road Southampton, Hampshire, England
Occupation: 3rd Class Steward
Last Ship: Olympic
Embarked: Southampton on Thursday 4th April 1912
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Identified

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