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William Sivier

William Sivier was born at Westbourne Street Mews, Paddington, London 1, England on 23 December 1888, being baptised on 19 May the following year in St James' Church, Paddington.

He was the son of a domestic coachman, Thomas William Sivier (b. 1853), a native of the Isle of Wight, and Annie Woodcock (b. 1861), who hailed from Retford, Nottinghamshire. The couple had married in Derbyshire in 1881 and had three more children (that are known of) besides William: Ellen (b. 1885), Thomas (b. 1886) and Henry (b. 1891).

The family appear on the 1891 census living at 9 Westbourne Street Mews, an address he would reside at for the rest of his life. His mother died in 1893 aged 32 and his father was remarried in 1895 to Mary Jane Nicholl (b. 1870), a native of Stepney, London. William had gained a half-sibling, George (1896-1964) by the time the 1901 census had been conducted.

When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as 9 Westbourne S. Mews, Paddington, (London). His last ship had been the St Louis. As a third class steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s.

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

His father later lived in Croydon, Surrey and died in 1929. His stepmother died in 1951.


1. Birth registered in Paddington in the first quarter of 1889.  The 1891 census gives his birthplace as Walberster, Nottinghamshire.

References and Sources

Crew Particulars of Engagement
General Register Office Certified Copy of an Entry of Birth
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
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  1. Paul Wilson(now Koczar Koenig)

    Not sure any of this is correct?. You say he was born in Paddington?....But according to the census, if we go by parents Thomas & Annie, he was born in Walberster, Nottinghamshire!!...Not Paddington London..... NOW!.....if you go by him being born in Paddington with father Thomas William...then this is the man.1901 England Census about William Sevier Name: William Sevier Age: 12 Estimated birth year: abt 1889 Relation: Son Father's Name: Thomas W Mother's Name: Mary J Gender: Male Where born: Paddington, London, England Civil parish: Paddington Ecclesiastical parish: St James ... Read full post

  2. Paul Wilson(now Koczar Koenig)

    This is incorrect. Williams mothers name was Mary Jane Nichol....Marriages Dec 1895 Sivier Thomas William Paddington 1a 28 Nichol Mary Jane Paddington 1a 28This is backed up by the 1901 & 1911 census records for the address 9 Westbourne Street Mews, Paddington, London given by William when he signed up forthe Titanic.

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Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr William Sivier
Age: 23 years 3 months and 23 days (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Single
Last Residence: at 9 Westbourne S. Mews, Paddington London, England
Occupation: Steward (3rd Class)
Last Ship: St. Louis
Embarked: Southampton on Saturday 6th April 1912
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Recovered

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