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William Long

William Long was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England in 19 March 1876 and his birth was registered in the June quarter of that year. He was the son of George Oliver Long (1851-1911) and Fanny c (1854-1929). His father was a native of Redlynch, Wiltshire and his mother of Eling, Hampshire. They had married on June 25, 1872 in Southampton.

On the 1881 census the family reside at 15 Queen Street, St Mary, Southampton. William's father is described as a general labourer. Present also are his siblings George (b. 1875), Louisa Fanny (b. 1879) and Frank (b. 1880). They moved several doors down to 29 Queen Street by the time of the 1891 census and have welcomed more children: Jane (b. 1884) and Arthur Alfred Charles (b. 1888). Another move has occurred by the time of the 1901 census, with the family living at 6 Hill Street.

William was married in Southampton in early 1897 to Ethel Eunice Abbott (b. 1878 in Southampton) and they would have six children, five of whom lived past infancy: Ethel Louisa (1897-1979), Edith May (b. 1898), William Frank (b. 1903), George James (b. 1906) and Jack Oliver (b. 1912-1975).

On the 1901 census neither William nor his wife are present at home, William working in the Royal Navy and his wife as a servant at a Southampton address. In the 1911 census Ethel and four of her children are living at 5 Marine Terrace, Bevois Valley, Southampton. William is listed elsewhere at Thames, Berth 7, Southampton and is described as a coal trimmer.

When William signed-on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as 5 Marine Terrace, Southampton. As a trimmer he received monthly wages of £5 10. His brother Frank also worked as a trimmer on the Titanic.

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

William's widow Ethel never remarried and died in Winchester, Hampshire in 1940.

His son George James moved to Canada in 1921 to do farm work, he was married to Lena Jamieson in 1927.

References and Sources

Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
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Gavin Bell, UK

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  1. Stevelong777

    William was the brother of Frank Long.Steve Long

  2. Kenny McKenzie

    Hi Steve, are you related to both Frank and William? I have done a lot of research in to my family history, I recently discovered whilst researching my family tree that I am related to both Frank & William Long. They were my 2nd cousins 4 times removed. I’m looking to speak to any of their living descendents to learn more about them if possible.

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Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr William Long
Age: 36 years (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Married to Ethel Eunice Abbott
Last Residence: at 5 Marine Terrace Southampton, Hampshire, England
Occupation: Trimmer
Last Ship: Atrato
Embarked: Southampton on Saturday 6th April 1912
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Recovered

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