Mr Fred Hartnell

Fred Hartnell

Mr Fred Hartnell (Saloon Steward) was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England on 27 October 1890.

He was the son of James John Baker Hartnell (1858-1929), a hotel porter, and Julia Sarah Taylor (1854-1900). His father hailed from Hampshire whilst his mother came from Chelmsford, Essex and they were married in Hampshire in 1884.

Fred's known siblings were: John William (b. 1885), Thomas James (b.1887), Jack (b. 1888) and Charlie (b. 1893).

The family appears on the 1891 census living at an address in Millbrook, Hampshire. His mother died in 1900 when he and his family were living at 3 Clarence Street in Dover, Kent and his father was remarried later that year to Alice Maude Parker (b. 1867 in Farnborough, Kent), Fred gaining three known half-siblings: Joe (b. 1903), Phil (b. 1905) and Mildred (b. 1908).

The family moved back to Southampton sometime after 1905 and appeared on the 1911 census (minus Fred who was presumably at sea) living at 18 Harcourt Road, Bitterne Park. Fred's father was then described as a hotel porter for the Star Hotel.

When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, Hartnell gave his address as 25 Harcourt Road, (Southampton). His last ship was the Oceanic and as a saloon steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s. He was reportedly acquainted with steward John Charman who, prior to joining Titanic, had worked at the Star Hotel as a waiter alongside Fred's father.

On the night of the sinking Hartnell was rescued in lifeboat 11.

Fred Hartnell returned to Southampton and continued working at sea. He died of cancer on 26 June 1920 in Southampton aged 29.

Fred Hartnell

A later photo of Fred Hartnell (c.1919)
(National Archives CR10 collection, courtesy of Mike Poirier)

Gavin Bell, UK
Jill Carlier, USA
Peter Engberg, Sweden
Phil Gowan, USA
Michael Poirier, USA
Brian Ticehurst, UK
Bill Wormstedt, USA

References and Sources
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Birth/Death Certificate
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