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Charles William Frederick Taylor

Able Bodied Seaman

Charles William Frederick Taylor
Charles William Frederick Taylor

Mr Charles Taylor 1 signed on to the Titanic as an Able-Bodied Seaman, on 6 April 1912, giving his birthplace as London, his age as 35 and his local address as 85 High Street, Southampton. His last ship was the Somali and his wages were £5 per month.

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Taylor married Florence Hellen (née Taylor, 16 December 1880-17 January 1960) in Seasalter, near Blean, Kent on 16 November 1904.  When he married he gave both his name and that of his father as Charles William Frederick Taylor.

The couple went on to have three children: William (1908-1955), Florence Hilda May (1909-2004) and Lillian Alice (1910-1990).

Census records indicate that the family had spent time living in Portsmouth and Whitstable in Kent before settling in Southampton in 1910. Although Charles is absent from the 1911 census his wife and children are shown as residing at Castle House 85 High Street, Southampton2.

Taylor died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.

Florence, Charles' widow became active in the commitee set up to raise funds for a Titanic memorial in Southamption.

In 1915 Florence remarried to John Egan (1887-1934) and they had another daughter named Helen (1920-1991).  

The family remained in Southampton and Florence (again widowed) and her married daughter daughter Lilian were still living at Castle House, 85 High Street in 1939.  The house was bombed in 1940.

Taylor's daughter Florence was married to Alan Edward Carver (1897-1978) in 1930, and then married in 1952 to William J. Stokes. She died in 2004 in New Forest, Hampshire aged 95.

His other daughter Lilian Alice married Leonard John Hooper (1908-1981) in 1929. Lilian died in 1990.

His son William is believed to have married, he died in 1955.

Notes

  1. Taylor's early years are a subject of ongoing research: In 1889 a Charles Taylor (aged 12) was on board the Exmouth, a Royal Navy training ship.  This may be the same man as the Charles Frederick Taylor whose naval service record states his occupation as being from the T.S. Exmouth, this document states his date of birth as 7 December 1877 in St Olave (Southwark), London. By 1893 Charles had completed his training and started his career on board the Boscawen, a training ship. He also served at Victory 1, Victory 3 [both shore stations] and aboard the Royal Oak based in Malta. Prince George was the last ship he served on before being dismissed from the Navy on 6 December 1907.  This man served aboard the admiralty yacht Fire Queen which is the name of the ship on the cap ribbon in the surviving family photograph of Charles Taylor the Titanic victim. Another possibility is that he is the Charles William Frederick Taylor born at 30 Great Barlow Street in Marylebone, Middlesex, England on 27 April 1871, later being baptised on 9 July that same year Marylebone. This man was the eldest child of Charles Taylor (b. 1849), a bricklayer, and Emma Eliza Brown (b. 1852), both natives of Middlesex who were married just one year before his birth. He had two known siblings: Emma Rosa (b. 1872) and Albert Henry (b. 1875). When the family appeared on the 1881 census they were residents of 13 Grafton Street, St Pancras, Middlesex but Charles was not listed with them and his whereabouts then is unknown. 
  2. In the 1911 census schedule she was listed as Mrs C. W. Taylor.  Castle House was a boarding house previously known as "The Castle Hotel". Two other families were also listed as living there in 1911.

Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr Charles William Frederick Taylor
Born: circa.1876 in London, England
Age: 35 years (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Married to Florence Hellen Taylor
Last Residence: at 85 High Street Southampton, Hampshire, England
Occupation: Able-bodied Seaman
Last Ship: Somali
Embarked: Southampton on Saturday 6th April 1912
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Recovered

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Newspaper Articles

Washington Times (22 April 1912) SMITH VOUCHED FOR BRAVERY OF CREW

Documents and Certificates

Agreement and Account of Crew, National Archives, London; BT100/259
(1912) Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths of Passengers and Seamen at Sea, National Archives, London; BT334/52 & 334/53
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Gavin Bell, UK
Hermann Söldner, Germany
Lois Wellman
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