Norman Leslie Bogie was born in Golspie, Sutherland, Scotland in the August 1853. He was the son of Joseph Bogie and Jane Sutherland.
Norman first appears on the 1861 census whilst living with aunts at Goslpie Tower Tiled House, Golspie. Living with another aunt by the time of the 1871 census, he was living on Main Street, Golspie and was described as a cabinet maker.
On 2 August 1877 he entered military service with the infantry at Edinburgh. He gave his occupation as Waiter.
Norman was married around 1886 to Jessie Mathieson (b. 1856 in Sutherland, Scotland) and the couple would have a total of five children, three of whom lived past infancy. Their known children were: Jessie Ann (b. 1887), John Alexander Mathieson (b. 1891), Henrietta (1894-1907) and Robert Leslie (b. 1896).
On the 1891 census of Scotland Norman, his wife and first child were living at 20 Russell Street, Rothesay, Isle of Bute and he was described as a steward in the civil service. The family moved to Shirley, Southampton sometime after 1896 and appear on the 1901 England census living at 8 York Road, Shirley. Norman was by now described as a sea steward. By the time of the 1911 census the family were still resident in Hampshire, now at 130 The Crescent, Eastleigh although Norman was absent, most likely at sea.
When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, Bogie gave his address as 130 Crescent, Eastleigh (Hampshire). His last ship had been the Kildonan Castle. As a bedroom steward he received monthly wages of £3 15s.
Norman Bogie died in the sinking. His body was recovered by the Mackay-Bennett (#274) and he was buried at Fairview Cemtery, Halifax, Nova Scotia on 8 May 1912.
© Bill Fowler, Canada
NO. 274. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 25. HAIR, DARK. LIGHT MUSTACHE.
CLOTHING - Blue suit; no vest; pajamas and drawers, "L. B."
EFFECTS - Keys for second state room; corkscrew; knife; tobacco pouch; two shillings.
NO MARKS ON BODY. PROBABLY STEWARD'S DEPARTMENT.
NAME - L. BOGIE.
His widow never remarried and died in Southampton in 1919 aged 63.