Mr Walter Ernest Saunders, was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England in the second half of 1886.
He was the son of Charles Saunders (b. 1851) and his wife Isabella (b. 1847). His father, a general labourer, hailed from Waltham Abbey, Essex and his mother was from Canterbury, Kent 1.
Walter's known siblings were: William (b. 1875), Charles (b. 1876), Clara (1880-1892), Ada (b. 1882, later Mrs Harry Langford) and Emily (b. 1889).
The family appear on the 1891 census at 7 Spa Court, All Saints, Southampton and on the 1901 census at 16 Manor Terrace, Manor Farm Road, also in Southampton. Walter, then aged 15, had already left school and was working as a labourer. His mother died in 1907 and by the time of the 1911 census his father was an inmate at the Southampton Union Infirmary on Chilworth Road, Southampton; what became of him is unknown.
Walter was married in last quarter of 1911 to Emily Rebecca Haines (b. 1893), also of Southampton, and lived at 1 Southbrook Square in that city, the couple being listed there on the 1912 Street Directory.
Walter signed on to the Titanic on 10 April 1912. He stated his previous ship had been the Clyde and gave his address as 1 Southbrook Square 2, Southampton. As a trimmer he could expect monthly wages of £5, 10s.
His body was recovered and his address was identified as that of 13 Dukes Road, Southampton, the address of a Mr and Mrs Henry and Ellen Thompson who had been the Saunders' neighbours at the time of the 1901 census.
NO. 184 - MALE - ESTIMATED AGE, 30 - BROWN HAIR AND MOUSTACHE.
CLOTHING - Blue suit; black shirt.
NO MARKS; N. S. & F. UNION FEDERATION BOOK No. 538.
NAME - W. SAUNDERS
What became of Walter's widow Emily is not certain.
- For reasons unknown, the family are listed on the 1881 census as the Browning family, then living at 1 Hunts Court, St Michael, Southampton.
- Listed on the crew agreements as 1 Suffolk Square