Mr Charles Lydiatt was born in Huyton, Lancashire, England in early 1867 and his birth was registered in the first quarter of that year in Preston. He was the son of Joseph Lydiatt (1830-1919) and Jane Fryer (1833-1911), natives of Northwich, Cheshire and Huyton, Lancashire respectively who had married in Huyton in 1858.
Charles had ten known siblings: William (b. 1859), Joseph (b. 1860), Edith (b. 1862), George (b. 1863), Amos (b. 1864), James (b. 1869), Henry (b. 1870), Arthur (b. 1874), Thomas (b. 1873) and Mary (b. 1875).
On the 1881 census Charles and his family are living at Derby Road Cottage in Huyton. His father is described as a domestic gardener and Charles, aged 14, has already left school and is described as an errand boy. His family are listed at 6 Birch Road, Huyton on the 1891 and 1901 censuses but Charles is absent, perhaps already at sea.
Charles was married around 1903 (as per 1911 census) to a woman named Lizzie, a native of Hounslow, Middlesex and born around 1861. Their marriage does not appear to have been registered and they would have no children.
On the 1911 census Charles and his wife are living at 12 Brunswick Square, Southampton. Hampshire and Charles is listed as a ship's steward.
When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as 12 Brunswick Square, (Southampton). His last ship had been the Oceanic. As a saloon steward he received monthly wages of £3 15s.
Lydiatt died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified. What became of his wife is not certain.
References and Sources
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Gavin Bell, UK
Articles and Stories
The Evening Telegram (1912)