Frank Henry Randall was born in Chickerell, Dorset, England in early 1883 and was baptised on 25 February. He was the son of George Oldridge Randall (b. 1850), a baker and rate collector, and Elizabeth Sarah Learmouth Poyner (b. 1851), Dorset-natives who had married in 1878.
Frank had three known siblings; Alice Amelia (b. 1880), Albert George (b. 1881) and Mabel Annie (b. 1885).
His father died in Gateshead, Durham in 1890. When Frank appears on the 1891 census he is living with his paternal grandparents Thomas and Eliza Randall at an unspecified address in Chickerell, Dorset. His brother Albert is listed with his maternal uncle and aunt, Henry and Amelia Poyner in Gateshead. His mother and two sisters are listed as living at another unspecified address in Chickerell, his mother now dressmaking to support her family.
Frank may have joined the Royal Navy and is perhaps the same Frank Randall listed as crew aboard RNS Magnificent, then docked in Gibraltar on the 1901 census. His mother, now a housekeeper, and his sisters were listed as living at the home of a Mr Thomas Bell at "Mia-Mia," Weymouth, Dorset. His mother was remarried in 1902 but what became of her is uncertain.
Frank was married in Weymouth in late 1907 to Martha Sheppard (b. 31 December 1886 in Weymouth) and the couple settled in Southampton, having two daughters: Stella Mabel (b. 1908) and Eileen May Learmouth (b. 1910). They appear as a family on the 1911 census whilst living at 46 Osborne Road, Portswood, Southampton and Frank was described as a steward in the Mercantile Marine.
When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, Frank gave his address as 182 Empress Road, (Southampton). His last ship had been the Oceanic. As a second class steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s.
Randall died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified. The following death notice appeared in the Hampshire Independent (unknown date):
RANDALL--On April 15th, on the s.s. Titanic, Frank Henry Randall, of 182, Empress Road, Southampton, aged 29, the dearly loved, and loving husband of Martha Randall. Deeply mourned by his heartbroken wife and children. Weymouth papers please copy.
His widow Martha never remarried. In later years she lived in Bournemouth and died there in 1977 aged 90. Both his daughters were never married and both lived in Poole, Dorset. Eileen died in 1970 and Stella in 1995.
References and Sources
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Gavin Bell, UK