Mr Rowland Winser

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

His parents were Albert Arthur Winser1 (1846-1902), a watchmaker, and Emily Day (1842-1903), East Grinstead natives who had married in 1873.

He had four known siblings: Albert James (b. 1873), Emily Kate (b. 1875), Francis James (b. 1879) and Frederick Albert (b. 1882).

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

Rowland was married in Basingstoke, Hampshire in late 1899 to Jessie Annie Hibberd (b. 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). Their 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. When he commenced a career at sea is not certain.

By the time of the 1911 census Rowland is absent and apparently at sea. His wife shows up as a visitor at 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. He cited his name as George Evans for reasons not known and as a third class steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s.

Rowland Winser died in the sinking. 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.

Rowland Winser Sign On(Crown Copyright: Used with permission)


  1. Some records give his middle name as "Anthony".

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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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References and Sources

Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
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Encyclopedia Titanica (2017) Rowland Winser (ref: #2197, last updated: 1st January 2017, accessed 28th September 2020 02:32:10 AM)