Mr Thomas Charles Prowse Reed, better known as Charles, was born in Dawlish, Devon, England in the closing months of 1857.
He was the son of Thomas Mitchell Reed (b. 1831), a baker, and Mary Ann Prowse (b. 1833), both Devonshire natives who were married in 1855. His known siblings were: Emma (b. 1856), John Prowse (b. 1859), William George (b. 1864) and Fanny Louisa (b. 1868).
He appears on the 1861 census living with his family at Manor Road in Dawlish before moving to Stoke Damerel, Devon by the time of the 1871 census, then living at 40 Monument Street. His movements over the next years are unknown but he ended up in Australia and was married to an American woman named Laura Ellen Norton (b. circa 1860), who hailed from New York. The couple had three children: Reginald Charles (b. 1881), Florence May (b. 1883) and Harold George (b. 1886). They seemingly lived in Brisbane, Queensland and would lose their two elder children during childhood before they returned to live in England.
The family appeared on the 1901 census living at 110 Oxford Avenue, Southampton and Charles was described as a ship's steward. When the 1911 census was conducted Charles was absent but his wife and son Harold were listed as living at 140 Derby Road, Southampton.
When he signed-on to the Titanic in Southampton on 4 April 1912, Reed gave his address as 140 Derby Road, Southampton. His previous ship was the Majestic and as a bedroom steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s.
Reed was lost in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.
His widow Laura was never remarried and remained living in Southampton, living at 140 Derby Road for the rest of her life. She died on 7 April 1922.
Charles' son Harold emigrated around 1913 and settled in America, firstly in New York where he was married to a woman named Charlotte. The couple later moved to Los Angeles and Harold is believed to have died in the 1960s.
Formerly listed as Charles S. Reed.
References and Sources
British Census 1881
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Gavin Bell, UK
Steve Coombes, UK
Peter Northover, UK
Articles and Stories
Titanic Crew Biography (2011)