About William Gilbert
Mr William Gilbert
Born: 1865 Age: 47 years Last Residence: in Carleens Cornwall England 2nd Class passenger First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912 Ticket No. 30769 , £10 10s Destination: Butte Montana United States Died in the sinking. Body Not Recovered==
Mr William Gilbert, 47, was from a family whose roots were located in the small hamlet of Polladrass and the nearby village of Carleen in the parish of Breage, some three and a half miles to the north-west of the Cornish town of Helston. William was born in Polladrass in 1865. He was the son of Thomas Gilbert and Elizabeth (Eliza) Gilbert (née Williams). His father was a miner who spent much of his working time in America, mainly in and around Butte, Montana. In his absence William's mother ran a grocers shop in Polladrass which she had taken over from her father-in-law Edward Gilbert who had died in 1879.
William spent his early years in Polladrass and, when he was aged 2, his sister, Mary was born. After 10 years his brother Thomas was born. At about this time William was apprenticed to Mr Joyce of nearby Breage as a joiner and wheelwright. In due course Thomas also followed the same trade.
In the mid-1880's William, his mother, brother and sister moved to live in a cottage in Carleen. This cottage was No 1 Gilbert's Row and had been built for William's father in the 1860's and had initially been occupied by William's great-uncle. This double-fronted cottage was built against three existing cottages which are still known today as No's 1 to 4 Gilbert's Row.
William, like his father, decided to seek work in Butte and subsequently secured employment there in a joinery shop. At about the same time his sister Mary moved there too and kept a boarding house at which William, his father and many other Cornish stayed.
Mary was renowned for her Cornish pasties and saffron cake. William returned to Cornwall on 1 January 1912 for a three month holiday to visit his mother and brother. Thomas was by then was running his own wheelwright business in Carleen also building such things as butchers wagons, traps and carts.
William was due to return to America in the March of 1912 but stalled his return wishing to wait for the maiden voyage of the Titanic.
William travelled to Southampton and embarked Titanic on 10 April 1912. He was travelling in second class under ticket number 30769, which had cost him £10 10s.
He was lost in the sinking, his body, if recovered, was never identified.
He has a memorial on the family gravestone in the cemetery adjacent to Breage parish church.