Frederick William Scott was born in Shirley, Southampton, Hampshire, England in early 1884. He was the son of James Henry Scott (1843-1932), a general labourer, and Fanny Reeves, née Penny (1843-1933). Both his parents originated in Hampshire and had married in 1867.
His mother Fanny had originally been married in 1863 to Enos Reeves (b. 1842 in Romsey), a farm labourer, and the couple had one daughter, Sarah Ann (b. 1866). What became of Enos Reeves is not certain.
Frederick was one of nine children born to his parents, his known siblings being: Walter Henry (b. 1868), James Henry (b. 1871), George Thomas (b. 1874), Kate (b. 1875), Bessie (b. 1879), Jessie (b. 1881) and Alice (b. 1886). He also had a stepsister, Sarah Ann Reeves, from his mother's previous relationship.
Frederick first appears on the 1891 census when he and his family were living at 28 Albert Street, Shirley. He had left school and was working as a carter (?) by the time of the 1901 census when only he and his sister Alice were still at home at 2 Drummond Road, Sholing. He would later work in the Royal Navy before joining the Merchant Service.
Frederick was married in Southampton in early 1909 to Rose Hobbs (b. 1887 in Southampton) and they appeared as a married couple on the 1911 census living at 181 Northumberland Road, Southampton. Frederick was described as a Fireman in the Royal Navy.
When he signed on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912 in Southampton, he gave his address as 107 Clifford Street, (Southampton). His previous ship had been the Olympic. As a greaser he could expect to earn monthly wages of £6, 10s.
During the sinking and quite late during the evacuation, Frederick Scott and his mate Thomas Ranger spotted the recently launched lifeboat 4 in the water. Seizing their opportunity, both slid down some empty falls towards the craft. Ranger dropped into the boat but Scott hit the water and was dragged in to the boat by other occupants.
Frederick Scott returned to sea. He and his wife welcomed their only child James in 1913.
On the evening of 28 September 1915 Frederick was a crewmember aboard the S.S. La Marguerite, a paddle steamer, en route from Dover to Southampton. At around 3 miles northeast of Dungeness, Kent a boiler explosion cost the lives of four crewmen, Frederick included, whilst injuring others. On the first anniversary of his death his widow Rose placed an In Memoriam in the Southern Echo:
In loving memory of my dear husband, Frederick William Scott, of 193, Northumberland Road, who was killed through an explosion on the s.s. La Marguerite, September 28, 1915. In the midst of life we are in death.
Rose Scott is believed to have remarried and died in the 1960s.
References and Sources
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List
Wreck Commissioners' Court, Proceedings before the Right Hon. Lord Mersey on a Formal Investigation Ordered by the Board of Trade into the Loss of the S.S. Titanic
Gavin Bell, UK
Chris Dohany, USA
Articles and Stories
Titanic Research (2004)