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