Rowland Winser (G. Evans)

Mr Rowland Winser was born in East Grinstead, Sussex, England in the second half of 1876 and he was baptised on 23 August that year.

One of five children, he was the son of Albert Arthur Winser1 (1846-1902), a watchmaker, and Emily Day (1842-1903), East Grinstead natives who had married in 1873.

His siblings were: Albert James (b. 1873), Emily Kate (b. 1875), Francis James (b. 1879) and Frederick Albert (b. 1882).

Winser first appears on the 1881 census living at 14 London Road, East Grinstead with his family where his maternal grandmother Mary Day (b. 1803) was also living. On the 1891 census the family are at the same address, his father then described as a jeweller, and with a 14-year-old Rowland still at school.

Rowland was married in Basingstoke, Hampshire in late 1899 to Jessie Annie Hibberd (b. 30 September 1878), a native of that town and the daughter of Tom and Ellen, the latter née Mylard. 

The couple would have five children: Jessica Ellen (1900-1982, later Mrs William Charles Street), Gwendolen (1902-1934, later Mrs Raymond George Mitchell), Rowland Hibberd (1905-1975), Norman Eric (1907-1982) and Jack (1910-1994). The couple’s first three children were born in East Grinstead whilst the two younger children were born in Surrey and Berkshire, respectively.

Rowland, his wife and first child appear on the 1901 census residing at 214 London Road, East Grinstead and he was described, like his father before him, as a watchmaker and jeweller. Following that the family moved to Reading, Berkshire where Mr Winser carried on a jeweller’s business based at Queen Victoria Street. Towards the beginning of 1911 the family relocated to Southampton where Rowland began working at sea, later serving on the maiden voyage of Olympic.

By the time of the 1911 census Rowland was not recorded and presumably at sea; his was recorded as a visitor to 127 Denys Road, Southampton, with her youngest children at the home of her sister Edith Mary, Mrs James Law.

Having previously served aboard the Majestic when he signed-on to the Titanic on 4 April 1912, Winser gave his address as 2 Nightingale Grove, Southampton, an address belonging to his brother-in-law James Law as per the 1912 street directory. For the voyage he travelled under the pseudonym G. Evans 2 for reasons not known and as a third class steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s.

Rowland Winser Sign On
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Rowland Winser died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

His widow Jessie Annie Winser never remarried and remained in Southampton where she passed away on 6 August 1961 aged 82.

Notes

  1. Some records give his middle name as "Anthony".
  2. Sometimes listed as George Evans, though he only actually signed on as G. Evans.

Newspaper Articles

Reading Standard (27 April 1912) Former Tradesman Lost

Documents and Certificates

1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 Census (England)
Agreement and Account of Crew, National Archives, London; BT100/259
General Register Office: Index of Births, Marriages and Deaths
(1912) Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths of Passengers and Seamen at Sea, National Archives, London; BT334/52 & 334/53
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  1. Jackie Chapman said:

    Gwendolen Mitchell - Nee WinserWas my grandmother according to my records she died after leaving Raymond in London of a pulmonary Embolism in 1934 aged 33regards Jackie Chapman

  2. Danielle Winser said:

    This is apparently my husband's great grandfather. The story as he understands it is that Rowland was working with his father as a watchmaker but took all his tools and equipment, sold them and absconded with the proceeds. This would possibly explain why he shipped on the Titanic as George Evans - to avoid having to pay his poor wife any support. Regards Dell Winser

  3. Anbe said:

    Rowland Winser was my Grandfather. He had 3 sons and as far as I am aware the only great grandsons bearing the name of Winser are David, Charles and Robert . I am interested in your story and am hoping you can enlighten me with more details of your husband's family.Kind regards.

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Acknowledgements

Gavin Bell, UK

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