Mr Paul Georges Lefebvre was born in Le Havre, Normandy, France on 2 September 1876.
He was the illegitimate son of Lore Elise Lefebvre (b. 1844), a lady’s maid originally from Gueures, Normandy. The identity of his father is unknown and his mother remained unmarried.
Lefebvre appears to have spent the greater portion of his life living in Britain—the 1911 census states that his mother had been a resident there since 1881. She appears on the 1881 census working as a domestic nurse for the wealthy Carden family in East Woodhay, Hampshire.
On the 1901 census Paul was listed boarding at an address in Chelsea, London and described as a florist whilst his mother was shown working as a domestic housemaid at an address in Marylebone.
When Lefebvre first started working at sea remains unclear but he is first identifiable on crew records in 1906 when he was shown working as a waiter on several voyages aboard the Carmania of the Cunard Line, then giving his local address as 75 Strand in Bootle.
The 1911 census shows Paul’s elderly mother Lore (listed as Laurie) living alone at 17 Springfield Road in Canning Town, Essex. Paul is not listed on the census and it may be assumed that he was at sea at the time.
When he signed-on for the Titanic’s maiden voyage on 4 April 1912 Lefebvre gave his birthplace as London and his local address as 25 Orchard Place, Southampton. As a steward he could expect monthly wages of £3, 15s.
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Lefebvre, died in the sinking, his body was later recovered by the Mackay-Bennett:
NO. 211. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 34. FAIR - HAIR AND MOUSTACHE.
CLOTHING - Blue suit and saloon Steward's uniform.
EFFECTS - Pipe; pouch; cigarette case; comb; razor; silver hunter watch; 35s. 7d. in purse; discharge 'A' book.
FIRST SALOON STEWARD, No. 99.
NAME - GEO. LEFEVRE,
He was buried at Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia on 6 May 1912.
What became of his mother Lore remains unclear although it appears that she did not remain in England and there is the possibility that she returned to France.