He was born in Brighton, Sussex, England on December 12th, 1892.
He was the son of John Murray Swane (b. 1856), a carman, and Mary Ann Maynard (b. 1861), both Brighton natives who had married in their hometown in 1882.
George was one of nine children and his siblings were: Minnie (b. 1883), Rosa (1884-1936), Annie (b. 1886), John Henry (b. 1888), Francis Murray (1891-1964), Albert William (b. 1895), Dick Octavius (b. 1897) and Charles Baden (1900-1951).
George and his family appear on the 1901 census living at 184 Sackville Road, Hove Sussex. What became of his father is not know but when the 1911 census was conducted his mother was described as a widow and working as a midwife, listed as living at 28-30 Surrey Square, Walworth, London. His younger brothers Dick and Charles were listed as inmates at a children's home on Ham Road in Shoreham, Sussex and his older siblings were scattered around different addresses in the country. George is not listed on the census and his whereabouts at this time are unknown.
He was hired by the wealthy Allison family of Montréal and he and their cook Amelia were booked as second class passengers on Titanic whilst the Allisons would travel in first class with nurse Alice Cleaver and maid Sarah Daniels.
On the night of the sinking he and his cabin-mates had enjoyed a pillow fight, keeping Amelia Brown and the other women in her cabin awake. Following the Titanic's collision George knocked on the ladies' cabin door, warning them to get dressed as quickly as possible. His colleague Amelia was reluctant to rise from her bed despite his warnings. She only stirred a while later due to the protestations of another of her roommates, Selina Cook.
George Swane lost his life in the disaster and his body was later recovered and buried at Fairview cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia on May 6th, 1912.
NO. 294 - MALE - ESTIMATED AGE, 18 - HAIR, DARK
CLOTHING - Blue suit; grey socks; low shoes.
EFFECTS - Chain; sovereign case, empty; 33s 5d in cash; one tie pin; two motor licenses.
NAME - GEORGE SWANE, 73 Little Cadogan Place, London, S.W.