Frederick Horace Crafter was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England on 2 August 1891 1 and he was baptised in St Peter's Church on 4 September. He was the son of Richard James Crafter (b. 1857) and Emily How (1857-1927). His father was originally from Bermondsey, London and his mother was from Kings Langley, Hertfordshire and they had married in Paddington in 1887, moving northwards shortly after, spending time in Cumberland before settling in Liverpool.
Frederick had two known siblings: James William (b. 1887) and Ella Maud (b. 1889).
In the months prior to Frederick's birth his family were listed as living at 134 Windsor Street, Toxteth Park and his father was described as a hotel porter. His father apparently died sometime after this and he and his family moved back to London. Frederick was listed as a pupil at South Metropolitan District School, Sutton, Epsom, Surrey. His mother and sister were listed elsewhere as servants at the home of a wealthy family, address 73 Hamilton Terrace, Marylebone. Frederick would be absent from the 1911 census, but his mother was listed, again as a servant and with the same family, now at 17 Aubrey House, Maid Hill West, Paddington.
Frederick Crafter in c.1920
(National Archives, crown copyright)
When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, Frederick gave his address as 143 Albert Road, (Southampton), a boarding address run by Charles Ferris and his family. His last ship had been the Olympic. As a saloon steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s.
Crafter was rescued in lifeboat 15.
Frederick returned to England following the disaster and continued to work at sea into the 1920s. He apparently left British shores around 1923 and settled in Australia where he worked at different times as a chauffeur and storeman.
It may be surmised that Frederick and Eliza Ferris (1895-1971) - the daughter of the owner of the boarding house that Frederick stayed in in 1912 - had got to know each other while Frederick was staying there and, one way or another, ended up moving to Australia (at different times, it seems), and eventually made a life together in Victoria. They married in Bentleigh, Victoria sometime between 1924 and 1931 and had one son Jack Frederick Crafter.
Frederick Horace Crafter died in Heathcote, Victoria, Australia in 1960.
- He gave his date of birth as 9 September 1891 on his crewman's card, the other date is recorded in his baptism record.
References and Sources
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Gavin Bell, UK