Mr Maurice Emile Victor Debreucq

Maurice Debreucq

Mr Maurice Emile Victor Debreucq was born in Rheims, Champagne-Ardenne, France on 6 March 1894.

He was the son of Emile Debreucq (b. 1865) and Adélina Dangréaux (b. 1867).

By 1911 Maurice had been living in London for a time; he was shown on the 1911 census living as a boarder at 8 Lynton Mansions on Kennington Road, Lambeth, London and he was described as an unmarried restaurant waiter. This was the home of another restaurant worker who would also work aboard Titanic in the ship's restaurant, Roberto Vioni.

When he signed-on to the Titanic on 6 April, 1912, Debreucq gave his address as 12 Mead Street, Kennington, London. The Titanic was his first ship and as a member of the à la carte restaurant he was employed and therefore paid by Mr 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.

Maurice Debreucq died in the sinking and his body was recovered by the Mackay-Bennett (#244), and was buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia on 8 May 1912.

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Courtesy Bob Knuckle, Canada

NO. 244 - MALE - ESTIMATED AGE, 23 - HAIR, FAIR. 

CLOTHING - Black coat; vest and pants; black boots.

EFFECTS - One gold watch; steel chain with purse; £1 4s. 6d.; badge and two gold studs. 

NAME - MAURICE EMIL DEBRENEQ.

 

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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
Record of Bodies and Effects: Passengers and Crew, S.S. Titanic (Public Archives of Nova Scotia)
Généalogies des Français du Titanic
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