Mr Charles George Chandler Crumplin was born in Southsea, Hampshire, England on 12 February 1877.
He was the son of John Henry Crumplin (1852-1921) and Elizabeth Chandler (1853-1938); his father was from Portsmouth and his mother originally from London and they were married in Hampshire in 1874.
Charles had four known siblings: Walter Jack Albert (1875-1950), Gertrude Carrie Rebecca (1879-1948, later Mrs Charles James Bates), Adelia Eliza Lime (1883-1964, later Mrs Leonard Victor Peel) and Florence Amy Catherine (1885-1966, later Mrs George Clement). Two further siblings died in infancy.
On the 1881 census Charles and his family are living at 1 King Street, Portsea but his sea steward father is absent. On the following 1891 census the family have moved to 2 King Street.
Charles was married in Portsea in early 1899 to Ada Frances Harriett Sparks (b. 1876 in Portsea). Together they would have two children: Frances Madge Irene (b. 20 October 1899) and Charles George Cecil (b. 23 March 1902).
Charles, his wife and first child appear on the 1901 census at an address on Cromwell Road, Portsmouth which appears to be a public house. Charles is described as a publican and living with them are several employees. By the time of the 1911 census Charles is now a steward in the merchant service and living with his family at 209 New Road, Portsmouth.
Charles was on board the Titanic for her delivery trip from Belfast to Southampton. When he signed-on again in Southampton on 4 April 1912 he gave his address as 20 Shakespeare Avenue, Southampton. His previous ship had been the Olympic and as a bedroom steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s.
Charles Crumplin died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified. He is mentioned on a family grave in the Old Cemetery, Southampton and on his wife's grave in Portsmouth. A death notice appeared in the Portsmouth Evening News on 29 April 1912:
CRUMPLIN--Missing with other brave ones on the ill-fated Titanic, Charles, the dearly-loved husband of Frances Crumplin, 20 Shakespeare Avenue, Portswood; and youngest son of John and Elizabeth Crumplin, late of the "Richmond" Hotel, aged 35.
Two memorials were placed in the same paper on 15 April 1913:
CRUMPLIN--In loving memory of our dear brother Charlie, who lost his life on the ill-fated Titanic, April 15th, 1912--From his affectionate sisters Gert, Ivy and Moss.
Had we seen him at the last
Or watched by his dying bed,
Or heard the last sighs of his heart,
Or held his drooping head,
Our hearts, I think, would not have felt
This bitterness of grief.
But God hath ordered otherwise,
And now he rests in peace.
CRUMPLIN--In loving memory of our dear Charles, husband of Frances Crumplin, who with all the other brave men who perished, gave his life to save the women and children in that awful catastrophe, the sinking of the s.s. Titanic, on April 15th, 1912. Thus again has been lost a good son, a faithful husband, and a loving father.
Crumplin's widow Ada was remarried in 1921 to Tom Jones but was widowed five years later. She remarried again in 1932 to Archibald Luff before finally being widowed again in 1943. Ada herself passed away on 30 April 1953 and her first husband Charles is mentioned on her headstone in Kingston Cemetery, Portsmouth:
IN LOVING MEMORY
OF MY DEAR HUSBAND
TOM JONES, LATE RN
WHO PASSED PEACEFULLY AWAY
NOV 15TH 1926
AGED 60 YEARS
ADA FRANCES HARIETT
APRIL 30TH 1953
AGED 76 YEARS
ALSO OF MY DEAR HUSBAND
CHARLES CRUMPLIN, BORN FEB 12TH 1877
WHO ANSWERED DUTY'S CALL ON SS TITANIC
APRIL 15TH 1912
"AND THERE SHALL BE NO MORE SEA"
Crumplin's daughter Frances Madge was married in 1923 to Wilfred Vernon Carter (1901-1969) and they had one son, Peter Crumplin, who died at the beginning of 2013. Frances died in Chichester, West Sussex in 1973.
Crumplin's son Charles George Cecil was married in 1927 to Florrie May Beech (b. 1905) and they had one daughter named Patricia. Widowed in 1939, he was remarried the following year to Marjorie Gertrude Bickford (b. 1904). Widowed again in 1973, Charles himself died in Bedhampton, Hampshire on 27 September 1978.