Mr William George Dashwood was born in Camberwell, Surrey, England in early 1894.
He was the son of Henry Dashwood (1865-?) and Charlotte Artlett (1865-1945). His father Henry, of Reigate in Surrey, was a wheelwright and ironmonger and was married there in 1890 to Charlotte Artlett, a native of Colchester, Essex. The couple had a total of seven children, with five living past infancy. William's known siblings were: Thomas Henry (1891-1973), Maurice Alfred (b. 1896), Robert Frederick (b. 1898) and Elsie Margaret (b. 1899).
William first appears on the 1901 census when he and his family were resident at 31 Pellatt Road, Camberwell, London. They would still be resident at this address by the time of the 1911 census but William was by now absent, presumably at sea at the time.
He first appears on crew records on 20 February 1911, serving as a steward aboard Franconia which was operating out of Liverpool. It was stated that this was his first engagement at sea and for this he earned monthly wages of £2, 10s.
When he signed-on to the Titanic on 4 April 1912, Dashwood gave his age as 19 and his address as the Sailors' Home in Southampton. His previous ship had been the Adriatic and as a Steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s.
Dashwood died in the sinking. His body was recovered by the Mackay-Bennett (#83) and was buried at Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 6 May 1912.
© Bill Fowler, Canada
N0. 83. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 18. - HAIR, BROWN.
CLOTHING - Dark suit; steward's waistcoat with buttons, and white coat.
NO MARKS ON BODY OR CLOTHING.
EFFECTS - Empty purse; road map; bank book; pawn tickets; army book; letter to Will Dashwood from mother; C. Dashwood. 31 Pallatt Rd., E. Dulwich.
NAME - WILL DASHWOOD.
His brother Robert later served with the 8th Battalion London Regiment of the Post Office Rifles and lost his life on 18 August 1917 and is buried in Brandhoek Military Cemetery, West Vlaanderen, Belgium.