Edward Arthur Dorking, 19, a single man from Liss, Hampshire, boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a third class passenger (ticket number 10482, £8 1s). He was traveling to join his uncle, Fred Cooke at Oglesby, a cement manufacturing town about five miles south of LaSalle, Illinois. Dorking's stepfather Mr John C. Baker lived in Clevedon, England.
After the collision, Dorking helped Emily Badman to put on her lifebelt.
Edward Arthur Dorking was rescued in Collapsible B. He was quartered for a time at a New York Hospital before making his way the Illinois where he earned money for a time by relating his experiences in a series of public appearances, as reported by the local press at the time.