Mr Charles Edward Judd was born 7 September 1880 in Shirley, Southampton, Hampshire, England. He was the son of Charles Edward Judd (1858-1914) and Anna Thompson (1858-1953), both Hampshire-natives who had been married in 1879.
Charles had four siblings: William George (b. 1882), Ernest Frederick (b. 1883), Florence Anna (b. 1888) and Lily Ellen (b. 1891).
Charles first appears on the 1881 UK census when he, his mother and father are living at 27 Station Road, Millbrook, Hampshire and his father is described as a sawyer. There is no trace of the family on the 1891 census but by the time of the 1901 census Charles is absent, perhaps already at sea, and his family are living at 27 Station Road, Shirley. On the 1911 census Charles is again absent but his parents are now listed as living 84 Westfield Road, Caversham, Oxfordshire.
When Charles signed-on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as 98 Derby Road, (Southampton). His last ship had been the Oceanic. As a fireman he received monthly wages of £6. Also serving aboard as a fireman was his cousin Charles John Hurst, the son of his mother's sister Harriet.
Judd was rescued atop collapsible B and he later wrote to his brother detailing his experiences, including his worry that he may have lost his feet due to frostbite due to exposure. He was initially reported as missing in the press at the time but his survival was later related to his parents via telegram.
Charles returned to England and apparently continued a career at sea for a time. He was married in Berkshire in 1914 at the age of 33 to Alice Maud Mabel Sayer (b. 1889 in Caversham, Berkshire) and together they had seven children: Dorothy Lillian (b. 1915), Hannah (b. 1917), Marjory (b. 1919), Gladys (b. 1921), Edwin Charles (b. 1923), John George (b. 1925) and Rosemary Brenda (b. 1927). He was widowed in 1937. Charles later lived at 18 Westfield Road, Caversham and he died as a result of oral cancer on 31 October 1960. His last surviving child Rosemary Brenda died in 2006 and he still has surviving family in Reading.
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