Mr Pierre Léon Gabriel Villvarlange

Pierre Villvarlange
(Courtesy of Olivier Mendez, Association Français du Titanic)

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.

Credits
Gavin Bell
Olivier Mendez
Geoff Whitfield
Bill Wormstedt

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