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George William Feltham was the Vienna baker of the Titanic. He died in the sinking.

George was born in 1870 in Bermondsey, Surrey, England, and his birth was registered in St. Olave in the June quarter of that year. He was the son of George Feltham (b. 1847) and Elizabeth (b. 1840), both natives of Wiltshire.

George first appears on the 1871 census living at 60 Drummond Road in Bermondsey. His father is described as a porter and George appears to be the couple's second child, with their other child being absent from this address at the time. By the time of the 1881 census, the family had relocated to 1 Unicorn Street in Bromley, London, and George is now listed with two siblings: his elder sister Elizabeth (b. 1869) and his brother William (b. 1875). His father was described as a seed warehouseman.

George became a baker and confectioner and was listed as the latter on the 1891 census. On that occasion, he was living as a servant at 22 High Street in Willesden, Middlesex. On the 1901 census, George was listed as a baker and bread maker and was living at 12 Queens Row, Newington, London, as a lodger. The proprietor of the lodgings was a Mrs. Frances Emma Mayley, née Turner, who was married to Alfred Mayley, a bricklayer who was not present at the address for the census. She had six children: Alfred, Robert, Nellie, Mary, Phyllis and Albert.

What became of Mr. Mayley isn't clear, but George Feltham and Frances Turner Mayley were married in mid-1908 in Southampton. George was absent by the time of the 1911 census but his wife and three of his stepchildren were listed as living at 64 St. Deny's Road, Portswood, Southampton.

When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as 64 St. Deny's Road, Portswood, and his age as 36. His last ship had been the RMS Oceanic. As Vienna baker, he received monthly wages of £4, 10.

After the ship collided with the iceberg, Chief Baker Joughin ordered George and the 12 other bakers to get provisions to the lifeboats. They took all spare breads from the larder and trooped to the Boat Deck, with each of them carrying 4 loaves of bread.

George Feltham died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.

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