Mr Albert White

Mr Albert White (R. Morrell) was born in Pimlico, London, England around early 1895.

He was the son of Albert White and Lilian Louisa Forehead (b. 1866). Little is known of his father but his mother hailed from Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight where his grandfather William Forehead, a joiner, was verger at St John's Church in Sandown. A young White reportedly spent much of his early years in Sandown and was well known in the area.

Albert appears on the 1901 census living with his mother at 26 Lower Lyon Street, Southampton; his father was not present but his maternal aunt by marriage, Florence Julia Forehead and her son were also shown at this address.

What became of White's father is not known but his mother was remarried in 1905 to Willoughby Morrell (1862-1938), a ship's baker originally from Somerset. Willoughby was a widower with two teenage daughters, Daisy (b. 1891) and Elsie (b. 1893).

Albert, his mother and stepfather appeared on the 1911 census as residents of 26 Ascupart Street, Southampton and he was described as a dock labourer. His mother died a short while later but where he moved to thereafter is not clear; the Morrells were not listed at the same address at the time of the 1912 street directory.

Albert signed on to the Titanic on 6 April 1912, giving his name as "R. Morrell", his age as 21 and local address as 51 Malmesbury Road, Southampton.

This was his first working sea voyage and as a trimmer he could expect monthly wages of £5, 10s.

Albert White died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

His stepfather remarried in 1913 and remained in Southampton for the rest of his life; he died in 1938.


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United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List
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Encyclopedia Titanica (2017) Albert White (ref: #1596, last updated: 14th September 2017, accessed 14th June 2021 16:07:30 PM)

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