Mr Frank Miles was born in Kent 1, England in early 1889.
His mother was Emily (née Collins?), b. 1853 in Erith, Kent but the identity of his father is not clear 2.
He had four known siblings: Richard (b. 1885), Eva (b. 1886), Ellen (b. 1887) and Florence Maud (b. 1892).
Frank first appears on the 1891 census living with his mother and siblings at 11 Blind (?) Street in Greenwich. What became of both of Frank's parents is unclear but it is possibly that they died around the turn of the century, leaving he and his siblings to be taken in by aunts and uncles.
By the time of the 1901 census he is living with his maternal uncle and aunt, Henry and Sarah Collins at 103 King George Street in Greenwich and would still be listed here at the time of the 1911 census when he was described as an unmarried mariner and motor engineer.
Frank boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a third class passenger (ticket number 359306 which cost £8, 1s), recording his last address as 103 King George Street and giving his profession as an engineer. Neither his destination in the USA nor his reason for travelling is known.
Frank died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.
- Exact birthplace unclear as all census records he appears on cite different locations: 1891 - Rosherville, Kent; 1901 - Northfleet, Kent; 1911 - Leigh, Kent.
- There is no identifiable marriage record between Frank's parents. His aunt, Esther Gill, née Miles (b. 1839), who was caring for his young sibling Florence on the 1901 census at 9 King George Street, Greenwich had several brothers who may have been Frank's father. The most likely candidates would be Frederick (b. 1851) or Richard (b. 1853), both carpenters and natives of Northfleet, Kent. Frederick appears to have married a woman named Esther in later years, possibly ruling him out.
Gavin Bell, UK