Mr William Peter Mayo was born in mid-1884 in Limehouse, London, England.
He was the son of Peter Mayo (1856-1919), a woodcutter, and Rose Prudence Onions (1865-1937), both London-natives who had married on 18 May 1884 in St James The Great Church, Bethnal Green.
One of seventeen children, William was one of five surviving born to his parents; his known siblings were: Eliza Elizabeth (1890-1892), Frederick John (1893-1895), Ada (b. 1898), Charles Thomas (b. 1901), Thomas (b. 1903) and Alice F. (b. 1910).
He and his family appear on the 1891 census living at 75 Laurel (?) Street, Limehouse; by the time of the 1901 census a 17-year-old William is still living with his family, then at 29 Warmington Street, West Ham, Essex. His father was still described as a wood chopper and William as a trimmer.
William was married in Southampton in late-1909 to Eliza Ford (b. 1888 in Southampton) and their son William James was born in 1910. On the 1911 census William and his family were living at the Post Office, 4 Cable Street, Northam Road, Southampton and he was listed as a fireman.
When he signed-on to the Titanic on 6 April 1912 Mayo gave his address as 24 Cable Street, Southampton and his previous ship as the Oruba; as a fireman he could expect monthly wages of £6, 10s per month.
William Mayo died in the sinking; body was recovered by the Mackay-Bennett (#177) and was buried at sea.
NO. 177. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 40. - FAIR HAIR AND MOUSTACHE.
CLOTHING - Green coat; grey flannel shirt; Dungaree pants; no socks; engine room shoes.
EFFECTS - D. S. F. Union Book, No. 628.
William's wife had been pregnant at the time of the disaster and weeks later gave birth to a daughter on 5 May 1912 named Evelyn who lived just over a day. The following notice appeared in the Southern Daily Echo on 9 May 1912:
MAYO, William; of 24 Cable St., Northam dearly loved husband of Eliza Mayo. Sadly missed by his wife and child. Also dear little Evelyn, daughter of the above, who died May 6th 1912, aged 28 hours.
The fate of William's widow Eliza is uncertain although it is possible that she remarried sometime before 1920.
His son William was married in Southampton in 1932 to Laura Evelyn Deacon (b. 1909) but they appear to have had no children. He later signed up to the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and served during WWII. He was killed in action on 7 April 1944 and is buried in Caserta War Cemetery, Italy.
William is remembered on the Titanic memorial board formerly at St. Augustine's Church, Southampton; now in the safekeeping of the Southampton Maritime Museum.