David Thomas Emyr James

Lieutenant David Thomas Emyr James, R.N.R. was born Tyrhedyn (Fern house) High Street, St. Dogmaels, Pembrokeshire, Wales on the 6th of March 1885. He was the first of Captain David and Annie James’ three children. We do not know when David began his career at sea but we do know that on the 6th of…

Thomas Charles Ollosson

Thomas Charles Ollosson of the Mercantile Marine Reserve was a Steward on the HMS Laurentic when it sank in January 1917. The youngest of Samuel and Mary Ollosson’s six children, he was baptised on the 29th of October 1882 at the Llangefni Parish Church, Anglesey, North Wales. Thomas Charles worked at the School Slate Works…

Angus Macdonald

Seaman Angus Macdonald, from Bernera, Lewis, was born in July 1890. The son of Norman and Mary Macdonald, Angus was the second youngest of their nine children and joined the Royal Naval Reserve at the age of 19. Four of his brothers also joined, all of whom would survive the war. Some 6,000 Lewis islanders,…

Robert Goudie Sandison

Robert Goudie Sandison, seaman RNR, was born Catfirth, Nesting, Shetland on the 16th of March 1895 . He was the second child born to Hunter and Mary Ann Sandison (née Goudie). Hunter had become a widower in 1889 when his first wife Davina (née Tait) passed away. Hunter and Davina had nine children and the…

Frederick John Woollard

Frederick John Woollard, fireman on HMS Laurentic, was born on the 12th of March 1877 in Swansea, on the south coast of Wales. He was the eldest of 11 children born to Frederick and Ann Woollard (née Kidwell). Both of his parents were born and raised in Swansea. They married there on the 31st of…

Allan Boyle de Blaquiere

Sub Lieutenant Allan Boyle de Blaquiere was born on March 28th 1895, in Wellow, Somerset, about 5 miles south of Bath. He was the youngest of three children born to William de Blaquiere and Marie Lucienne Henriette Adine de Blaquiere (née Desbarats). His mother was French Canadian, born in Montreal, Quebec, daughter of George Desbarats,…

Robert Roger Godfrey

Robert Roger Godfrey MMR, chief carpenter on the Laurentic, was born in Seacombe in 1885, the eldest of four children born to William Benjamin Godfrey (Captain aboard the Wallasey Ferries) and Emily Godfrey (née Dodd). His parents had married in Birkenhead in 1884. At the time of the 1891 census William and Emily were living…

George Robert Rutledge

Engineer Lieutenant Commander George Robert Rutledge, R.N.R. was born in 1878 in Timaru, New Zealand, the son of retired police Sergeant Charles Rutledge and Annie Rutledge. He was educated at the Riverton District High School, Southland and in 1894 started his apprenticeship with Messrs. John Anderson & Son’s, Canterbury Foundry, Christchurch, which he completed in…

Robert Wilcocks

Petty Officer Robert Wilcocks was born on September 21st 1888, Islington, London. He was the second child of Elizabeth Emma Wilcocks (née White) and John Waddington Wilcocks. His parents, both Londoners, had married in London in 1886. His father worked as a law writer and solicitor’s clerk. In the 1891 census the couple were living…

Hubert Augustus Sewell

Engineer Lieutenant Hubert Augustus Sewell was Born in 1884, to Tom Wilson Sewell and Lavinia Quick Sewell (née Fox), of 34 Sandymount Drive, New Brighton. He was the second youngest of their eight children. His father, also an engineer, had been serving with the White Star Line since it had been formed and was for…