Charles Frederick Shillabeer was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England on 2 December 1892. He was the son of John Shillabeer (1856-1928), a mariner, and Emily Browning (1860-1920).
John and Emily had married in Southampton in 1879 and went on to have seven children: Henry George, John, William James, Florence Mabel, George, Reginald and Charles Frederick. By the time of the 1911 census Charles is still at home and described as a bottler in a brewery.
By 1912 Charles had already begun a career at sea and when he signed on to the Titanic he gave his address as 21 Nelson Road, Southampton and his previous ship as the Oceanic. As a trimmer he could expect to earn monthly wages of £6 10s
Charles was lost in the disaster and his body was recovered by the Mackay-Bennett and later buried on May 8, 1912 in Halifax, Nova Scotia:
© Bob Knuckle, Canada
NO. 195. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 22. DARK - HAIR.
CLOTHING - Dungaree pants; serge jacket and vest; grey flannel shirt.
EFFECTS - B. S. F. Union book 995; papers.
NO MARKS. TRIMMER.
NAME - CHARLES SHILLABEER,
United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List
White Star Line (1912.) Record of Bodies and Effects (Passengers and Crew S.S. "Titanic") Recovered by Cable Steamer "MacKay Bennett" Including Bodies Buried at Sea and Bodies Delivered at Morgue in Halifax, N.S. Details compiled from records of the "Mackay-Bennett". Public Archives of Nova Scotia, Halifax, N.S., Manuscript Group 100, Vol. 229, No. 3d, Accession 1976-191,
Gavin Bell, UK