Mr Leonard Lisle Oliver White

Mr Leonard Lisle Oliver White was born in Sydney, Australia around 1880. Details about his early life are unknown.

He was married in Southampton in the latter months of 1911 to Alice Maud Mason (b. 1882), a native of that city. Alice was the daughter of Alfred Mason, an agricultural labourer, and Elizabeth, née Ember. She, like several of her sisters, worked as a head laundress at the time of her marriage. She was shown on the 1911 census as a single woman living with her widowed mother at 248 Romsey Road, Shirley, Southampton. Leonard and Alice would have no children.

Leonard was on board the Titanic for her delivery trip from Belfast to Southampton and when he signed-on again, in Southampton, on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as 248 Romsey Road, (Southampton). His last ship had been the Osterley and as a saloon steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s.

Leonard White died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified. The following death notice appeared in The Hampshire Independent (unknown date):

WHITE -- April 15th, at sea on S.S. Titanic, Leonard Lisle Oliver White, age 31, the dearly beloved husband of Alice Maud White. Gone but not forgotten. Australian papers please copy.

His widow Alice was remarried in 1917, becoming Mrs Edmund George Tindall (1892-1962). Her new husband, a decade her junior, hailed from Scarborough, Yorkshire and worked as a grocer. The couple had only one child, a daughter named Vera Maud (later Mrs Cedric Morris Edwards) who was born in 1919.

Alice died in Southampton on 25 August 1957 just shy of her 75th birthday. Her widower Edmund died in 1962 and her daughter Vera in 2006.

Gavin Bell, UK

References and Sources
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Particulars of Engagement (Belfast), Ulster Folk and Transport Museum (TRANS 2A/45 381)
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