Mr Charles Henry Barlow (Fireman) was born in Wantage, Berkshire, England on 8 July 1881. Little else is known about his early life.
He joined the Royal Navy on 20 October 1899, first serving aboard the Duke of Wellington II. Other ships he served aboard included: Resolution, Victory, Hermes and Brilliant, amongst others, before he was discharged on 2 November 1908, his last ship being the Victory. With descriptions of his conduct running from fair to very good, he was described as standing at 5' 7½", with brown hair, grey eyes and a fresh complexion. He then joined the Royal Fleet Reserve on 3 November 1908.
Barlow was married in Southampton in late 1905 to May Nelson (b. 1882).
When he signed on to Titanic on 10 April 1912 he gave his local address as 10 St Mary's Road, Southampton. His previous ship had been the Kildonan Castle and as a fireman he could expect monthly wages of £6.
Charles Barlow died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.
His widow May was remarried the following year, becoming Mrs Alfred R. Scammell. She died in Southampton in 1953.
References and SourcesUnited States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List
Hermann Söldner (ed.) (2000) RMS Titanic: Passenger and Crew List 10 April 1912-15 April 1912. ä wie Ärger Verlag.