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Ralph Moore

Trimmer

Mr Ralph Moore was born in Winchester, Hampshire, England in the last months of 1890 and his birth was registered in the first quarter of 1891.

He was the eldest child of William Moore (b. 1865), a 1st Class Army Reserve Carman, and his wife Alice Bertha, née Rose (b. 12 May 1872), natives of Petworth, Sussex who had married around 1889. He had two brothers, William Charles (1893-1920) and George Harold (1897-1970).

Ralph appears on the 1891 census as a 14-week-old infant when he and his family were living at 1 Penarth Place, St Thomas, Hampshire. His father later became a brewery labourer and the family show up at 19 Hyde Close, St Bartholomew, Hyde, Hampshire on the 1901 census. A bicycle owner, in 1909 young Moore found himself hauled before the courts on account of his “reckless” antics.

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Ralph Moore, a young man, was summoned for having on June 24th ridden a bicycle recklessly in High Street. According to the evidence of PC Worthy, defendant rode up High Street on the wrong side, and when turning into Jewry Street came into collision with John Hopgood. The latter put out his hand to lessen the collision, bit the bicycle ran over his foot, and the wheel came between his legs. Defendant had a bell on his bicycle, but he did not ring the same or give warning of his approach. He was ordered to pay the costs, 4s, 6d.—Hampshire Independent, 3 July 1909

Ralph perhaps went to sea at a relatively young age and would be absent from the following 1911 census. His parents were by then living at Manor Cottage, Manor Farm, Headbourne Worthy near Winchester, his father by then described as an ironmonger’s shop porter.

When Moore signed on to the Titanic on 6 April 1912 he gave his address as Manor Cottage, Headbourne. His previous ship had been the Saxon and as a trimmer he could expect to earn monthly wages of £5, 10s.

Ralph Moore died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.

His parents remained residents of Winchester; his father died in the early 1930s whilst his mother died on 11 October 1957. 
 

Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr Ralph Moore
Age: 22 years (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Single
Last Residence: at Manor Cottage Headbourne Worthy, Hampshire, England
Occupation: Trimmer
Last Ship: Saxon
Embarked: Southampton on Saturday 6th April 1912
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Recovered

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Documents and Certificates

1891, 1901, 1911 Census (England)
Agreement and Account of Crew, National Archives, London; BT100/259
(1912) Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths of Passengers and Seamen at Sea, National Archives, London; BT334/52 & 334/53
(1912) United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List, Titanic Inquiry Project

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  1. Andy Alexander

    Andy Alexander said:

    Before Ralph Moore signed onto the Titanic he had done an apprenticeship on a local company called Messr Dicks Ltd. 149 High Street. Winchester. Source of info I was researching the company when I found his name mentioned by a employee writing about his reminiscences ( A.W. Faithfull. )

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Bill Wormstedt, USA