Mr Victor Reginald Jones

Victor Reginald Jones, better known as Reginald, was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England in the closing months of 1891. He was the son of Edward Jones (b. 1859) and Edith Laura Hill (b. 1863).

His father Edward was a native of Portsmouth and worked as a violinist and piano tuner. On the 1891 census he described himself as a professor of music. He was married to Reginald's mother Edith, a native of Southampton, in her home city in 1883.

Reginald had four known siblings, all sisters: Edith Winifred Victoria (1886-1935), Dorothy Margaretta (b. 1889), Gertrude Stella (b. 1893) and Ethel Muriel (b. 1900).

On the 1891 census, taken a few months prior to Reginald's birth, his family were living at "Harvard" in St Mary, Southampton. When Reginald appeared on the 1901 census he and his family had relocated to 160 Portswood Road, Portswood, Southampton. His father Edward died on 19 November 1908 aged 49 and at that time he and his family were living at 11 Osborne Road in Portswood.

By the time of the 1911 census Reginald's mother was listed as an inmate at Southampton Union Infirmary, Chilworth Road and died aged 47 a short time later. Reginald is not listed on the census, perhaps at sea, but the whereabouts of his siblings at this time is unknown.

When he signed on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912 in Southampton, he gave his address as 7 Portland Terrace, (Southampton). His previous ship had been the Oceanic. As a saloon steward he could expect monthly wages of £3, 15s.

Reginald Jones died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.


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  1. Laura Hicks said:

    Does anyone know who the steward that took a shine to Vera Dick may be? Thanks

  2. Bob Godfrey said:

    Apparently the Dicks recalled that the friendly steward was called Jones. The only steward of that name working in 1st Class was Reginald Jones, 20 years old, a saloon waiter who did not survive.

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Gavin Bell, UK

References and Sources

1891,1901, 1911 Census (England)
RMS Titanic: Agreement and Account of Crew (National Archives, London, BT100/259)
RMS Titanic: Casualty List (National Archives, London, BT100/259)
Search archive British newspapers online

Link and cite this biography

Encyclopedia Titanica (2013) Victor Reginald Jones (ref: #1943, last updated: 19th December 2013, accessed 5th June 2020 04:18:20 AM)