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Louis Gabriel Desvernine

Mr Louis Gabriel Desvernine was born in Paris, France on 20 August 1891.

He was the son of Antoine Alexandre Desvernine (b. 1861) and Alice Léontine Martin (b. 1867) but little else is known about his family life.

Louis later left Paris and settled in London sometime prior to 1911; he was shown on the census that year as a boarder at 18 Carlisle Street in Soho and was described as an unmarried cook; his fellow boarders were all young Swiss and French restaurant workers.

When Desvernine signed-on to the Titanic on 6 April 1912 his given address was 4 Queens Park Terrace, London. The Titanic was his first ship and as a member of the à la carte restaurant he was employed and therefore paid by Luigi Gatti.

During the sinking there were reports that the largely continental staff of the restaurant, mainly French, Italian, Swiss, German and Belgian, were herded to their quarters by stewards and kept there. Indeed, only three from the staff survived, two of whom were the female cashiers.

Desvernine died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

References and Sources

Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List
List Compiled by the Consul General of France (Maurice De Coppet), 17th June, 1913
Généalogies des Français du Titanic  
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Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr Louis Gabriel Desvernine
Age: 20 years 7 months and 26 days (Male)
Nationality: French
Last Residence: at 4 Queens Park Terrace London, England
Occupation: Assistant Pastry Cook
Last Ship: First Ship
Embarked: Southampton on Saturday 6th April 1912
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Recovered

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