Mr Frederick Charles Barnes

Frederick Charles Barnes was born in Blandford, Dorset, England1 in the summer of 1872 and he was baptised on 13 November that same year.

He was the son of Joseph David Barnes (b. 1846) and Maria Diddems (b. 1851). His father was native to Poole, Dorset and his mother Southampton and they had married in 1869, producing three sons: John Thomas (b. 1969), Alfred George (b. 1871) and Frederick. Frederick's father claimed to be an engineer on his baptism record but census records indicate that he was a railway blacksmith.

Frederick and his family moved to Southampton in the years following his birth and show up on the 1881 census living at 3 Paradise Rowe, St Mary, Southampton. The 1891 census does not seem to contain a record for the family and both the 1901 and 1911 census show Frederick being absent from home, likely at sea. The former record shows his father and mother living at 20 Parsonage Road, Southampton, and the latter at 25 Parsonage Road.

When he signed-on to the Titanic on 6th April 1912 Frederick gave his address as 25 Parsonage Road, Southampton.  His previous ship was the Philadelphia. As an assistant baker he would receive monthly wages of £4.

Barnes, who was unmarried, died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never fomally identified. However research in 2018 reveal that body no.26 was very likely that of Frederick Barnes.

His parents continued to live in Southampton. His mother died in 1930 and his father the following year.


  1. The ship's articles gives his birthplace as Southampton

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References and Sources

Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Craig Stringer (2003) Titanic People CDROM
Search archive British newspapers online

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(2019) Frederick Charles Barnes Encyclopedia Titanica (ref: #1736, updated 23rd September 2019 15:20:33 PM)