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Charles Edwin Smith

Mr Charles Edwin Smith was born in Itchen, Hampshire, England on 16 October 1872. He was the son of George Smith (b. 1826), and Mary Ann Grantham (b. 1837).

His father, a joiner, was a native of Southampton and was married in late 1862 to Mary Ann Grantham, who hailed from Hornsey in Yorkshire. Charles had five known siblings:  Amelia Jane (b. 1863), Alice Emmeline (b. 1865), George Henry (b. 1866), Ellen Mary (b. 1871) and Frederick William (b. 1879).

Charles first appears on the 1881 census and at that time he and his family were living at an unspecified address in Itchen. Charles was absent from the 1891 census, but his family still living in Itchen, address again unspecified.

Charles was married in mid-1896 to Martha Hannah Gibbens (b. 1875 in Sholing, Southampton). The couple would have a total of five children, with one dying in infancy. Their surviving children were: Doris Elsie May (1899-1951), George Frederick (b. 1901), Tom (b. 1903) and Sybil Violet Gibbens (1909-2001).

Charles Edwin Smith Martha Hannah Gibbens
Photographs, as yet unverified, suggested to be of Charles Edwin Smith and his wife Martha
(Courtesy of John Sheath)

Charles, his wife and first child appear on the 1901 census living at Hollydene on Portsmouth Road, Netley Cottages, Hound, Hampshire and he is described as a sea steward. Absent for the 1911 census, Charles' family are still at the same address.

When he signed-on to the Titanic in Southampton on 4 April 1912, Charles gave his address as Hollydene, Portsmouth Road, (Southampton). He had transferred from the Olympic. As a bedroom steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s.

Charles Smith died in the sinking. His body was recovered (#329) by the Montmagny and was buried at Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia on 20 May 1912.

Grave 329
Smith's Grave at Fairview Cemetery
(Courtesy of Bill Fowler)

The following death notice appeared in the Hampshire Independent:

SMITH--April 15th, on the s.s. Titanic, Charley, the dearly beloved husband of Martha Smith (nee Gibbens), of Hollydene, Portsmouth road, Hound.

His Martha widow was never remarried and she continued to live at Hollydene. She died on 10 July 1938. His last surviving child was his youngest daughter Sybil, who died in 2001.

Charles is remembered on his wife's grave in St Mary Extra Cemetery, Southampton:



Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr Charles Edwin Smith
Age: 38 years 5 months and 30 days (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Married to Martha Hannah Gibbens
Last Residence: in Woolston, Hampshire, England
Last Ship: Olympic
Embarked: Southampton on Thursday 4th April 1912
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body recovered by: Montmagny (No. 329)
Buried: Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on Monday 20th May 1912

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