Charles George Chandler Crumplin was born in Southsea, Hampshire, England on 12 February 1877. He was the son of John Henry Crumplin (1852-1921) and Elizabeth Chandler (1853-1938). His father was from Portsmouth and his mother originally from London and they were married in Hampshire in 1874.
Charles had four known siblings: Walter Jack Albert (b. 1875), Gertrude Carrie (b. 1879), Adelia Eliza Lime (b. 1883) and Florence Amy Catherine (b. 1885). Two further siblings would die in infancy.
On the 1881 census Charles and his family are living at 1 King Street, Portsea but his sea steward father is absent. On the following 1891 census the family have moved to 2 King Street.
Charles was married in Portsea in early 1899 to Ada Frances Harriett Sparks (b. 1876 in Portsea). Together they would have two children: Frances Madge Irene (b. 20 October 1899) and Charles George Cecil (b. 23 March 1902).
Charles, his wife and first child appear on the 1901 census at an address on Cromwell Road, Portsmouth which appears to be a public house. Charles is described as a publican and living with them are several employees. By the time of the 1911 census Charles is now a steward in the merchant service and living with his family at 209 New Road, Portsmouth.
Charles was on board the Titanic for her delivery trip from Belfast to Southampton. When he signed-on again, in Southampton, on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as 20 Shakespeare Avenue, (Southampton). His last ship had been the Olympic. As a bedroom steward he received monthly wages of £3 15s.
Crumplin died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified. He is mentioned on a family grave in the Old Cemetery, Southampton and on his wife's grave in Portsmouth.
Crumplin's widow Ada was remarried in 1921 to Tom Jones but was widowed five years later. She remarried again in 1932 to Archibald Luff before finally being widowed again in 1943. Ada herself passed away on 30 April 1953. Her first husband Charles is mentioned on her headstone in Kingston Cemetery, Portsmouth:
IN LOVING MEMORY
OF MY DEAR HUSBAND
TOM JONES, LATE RN
WHO PASSED PEACEFULLY AWAY
NOV 15TH 1926
AGED 60 YEARS
ADA FRANCES HARIEETT
APRIL 30TH 1953
AGED 76 YEARS
ALSO OF MY DEAR HUSBAND
CHARLES CRUMPLIN, BORN FEB 12TH 1877
WHO ANSWERED DUTY'S CALL ON SS TITANIC
APRIL 15TH 1912
"AND THERE SHALL BE NO MORE SEA"
Crumplin's daughter Frances Madge was married in 1923 to Wilfred Vernon Carter and they had one son, Peter Crumplin, who died at the beginning of 2013. Frances died in Chichester, West Sussex in 1973.
Crumplin's son Charles George Cecil was married in 1927 to Florrie May Beech (b. 1905) and they had one daughter named Patricia. Widowed in 1939, he was remarried the following year to Marjorie Gertrude Bickford (b. 1904). Widowed again in 1973, Charles himself died in Hampshire in 1978.
References and Sources
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Particulars of Engagement (Belfast), Ulster Folk and Transport Museum (TRANS 2A/45 381)
Gavin Bell, UK
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