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Narciso Bazzi

Narciso Bazzi
Narciso Bazzi

Mr Narciso Bazzi , 33, an unmarried waiter in the à-la-carte-reataurant, was born at Brissago, Kanton Ticino, Switzerland on 22 July 1878, the son of Demetrio and Marietta. After several years he spent in the Transvaal he went to London at the end of 1911, where he worked at the restaurant of his brother Giuseppe and later worked on the Olympic. During the following April, he was on leave at Brissago, when he received a telegram: he had to embark on the Titanic in order to replace one of his colleagues, who was sick, Giovanelli, being from Brissago as well. His wages were £3 per month (plus tip).

According to the US Senate report he lived at 21, Great Chapel Street, Oxford Street, London. The same report lists him as L. Bazzi.

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

In his family's chapel in the Cemetery of Brissago, on a marble slab, fixed on the wall, there was a moustached young man's photo, with jacket and tie, and you can read:

  • "Give a thought, a flower in Narciso Bazzi's memory, an esteemed and beloved young man, dead miserably in the Titanic's terrible shipping disaster of the 15 April 1912, when he was only 33 years old, when life smiled before him. His family."1

His mother received 12 shillings outstanding wages from White Star and £80 from the Lord Mayor Fund.

Notes

  1. The plaque was relocated in 2014 to Cimitero di Brissago Distretto di Locarno, Ticino, Switzerland.  The family chapel is now gone.

Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Sig. Narciso Bazzi
Age: 33 years 8 months and 24 days (Male)
Nationality: Swiss
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: Waiter
Embarked: Southampton
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Recovered

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References and Sources

Address-list of Resturant-staff, 1912 - Public Record Office (BT 100/259)

Documents and Certificates

Agreement and Account of Crew, National Archives, London; BT100/259
(1912) United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List, Titanic Inquiry Project

Bibliography

Günter Bäbler (1998) Reise auf der Titanic: Das Schicksal der Schweizer, Chronos, Zurich
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Acknowledgements

Trevor Baxter, UK
Raphael Rues
Hermann Söldner, Germany