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Pierre Léon Gabriel Villvarlange

Pierre Léon Gabriel Villvarlange
Pierre Léon Gabriel Villvarlange

Mr Pierre Léon Gabriel Villvarlange was born in Amboise, Indre-et-Loire, France on 28 February 1893.

He was the only child of Jean Villvarlange (b. 1869) and Juliette Estelle Monberger (b. 1866) and he had a girlfriend, Augusta Oger, whose parents owned a wreath shop in Amboise.

When he signed-on to the Titanic as an assistant soup cook, on 6 April 1912, his address was Rue National, Amboise, France. He had previously worked on the Olympic and as a member of the à la carte restaurant he was employed and therefore paid by Mr Gatti; also serving aboard was his friend and colleague Adrien Chaboisson. Before departing from Southampton he wrote to his girlfriend Augusta:

"I have been in Southampton since Thursday morning. We [have] started working. We leave Wednesday morning for New York. Good morning to your dad and your mother. Your boyfriend who kisses you. Pierre Villvarlange, Southampton, 4, Queen's Park Terrace. "

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.

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

His girlfriend Augusta reportedly never married until late in life and never had any children.


1. He also shared lodgings at 4 Queens Park Terrace, London with several others in the restaurant staff.

Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr Pierre Léon Gabriel Villvarlange
Age: 19 years 1 month and 15 days (Male)
Nationality: French
Marital Status: Single
Last Residence: at 4 Queens Park Terrace London, England
Occupation: Assistant Soup Cook
Last Ship: Olympic
Embarked: Southampton on Saturday 6th April 1912
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Recovered

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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
la Novelle République, 14 April 2012
Généalogies des Français du Titanic
Association Française du TITANIC
Photo: Courtesy of Olivier Mendez
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