Fred Albert Wardner was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England during the summer of 1872.
He was the son of Frederick Wardner (b. 1837), a house painter, and Louisa Pope (b. 1834). Both his parents hailed from Dorset and had married in Southampton in 1859.
Fred had at least four siblings: Frederick Robert (b. 1865), Henry Charles (b. 1866), George William (b. 1869) and Edward Charles (b. 1875)
Fred first appears on the 1881 census when he and his family were living at Garibaldi Terrace on Dock Street in St Mary, Southampton. The family later moved to 10 Ryde Terrace, Southampton and show up on the 1891 census there; aged 18, Fred was described as a foundry man. His father later died in 1898 and his mother was remarried a decade later to George March (b. 1833), a native of Brightlingsea, Essex and a general labourer. The two died within months of each other in 1918.
Fred himself was married in Southampton in 1893 to Nellie Young (b. 1874 in Southampton) and the couple went on to have a total of eleven children: Frederick Henry (1891-1964), Louisa Ellen (1894-1896), Lucy Eleanor (1895-1896), Lilian May (1897-1982, later Mrs Richard Fuller), Elizabeth Louisa (1899-1964), Dorothy Mabel (1901-1965, later Mrs Joseph Riddett), Robert Charles (1903-1967), Albert Ernest (1906-1964), Nellie "Nancy" Maud (1908-1970, later Mrs Barkis Hekimian), Joseph George (1910-1972) and Rose Beatrice (1911-1978, later Mrs Bernard Cahill). His two eldest daughters, Louisa and Lucy, died within a very short period of each other in 1896.
Fred and his family appear on the 1901 census living at 2 Ryde Terrace, Southampton and he is described as a ship's fireman. When the 1911 census was conducted Fred was absent, likely at sea, but his wife and children were listed as living at 42 Endle Street, St Mary, Southampton.
When he signed on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, Fred gave his address as 42 Endle Street, (Southampton). His previous ship had been the Olympic and as a fireman he could expect monthly wages of £6.
Fred Wardner died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified. The following death notice appeared in the Southern Daily Echo (30 April 1912):
WARDNER--On April 15th, by the wreck of the s.s. Titanic, Albert Wardner, fireman, of 42 Endle Street, Southampton. Deeply mourned by his sorrowing wife and children, mother, and brothers.
His family later benefitted from the Titanic Relief Fund and his widow Nellie was remarried in 1920, becoming Mrs Charles Matthews. She died in Southampton in 1946. His last surviving child, Lilian, died in Southampton in 1982.
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References and SourcesUnited States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List
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