Charles Richard Fardon

Mr Charles Richard Farden was born in Daventry, Northamptonshire, England in 1866. He was later baptised on 28 September that same year and he was the son of Thomas Richard Farden (1844-1924) and Elizabeth, née Gossage (1847-1946).

Both his parents hailed from Northamptonshire, his father, a carpenter and joiner, from Byfield and his mother from Daventry and they had married in 1866. Charles was the eldest of eleven children (five of whom were lost in infancy) and his known siblings were: William (b. 1867), Elizabeth Sarah (b. 1869), Mary Anne (b. 1870), Thomas (b. 1873), Edward (b. 1875) and Robert (b. 1878).

Charles first appears on the 1871 census when he was listed as a visitor at the home of his maternal grandparents Thomas and Sarah Gossage at Warwick Street, Daventry, his parents and siblings being listed as living at St John's Street, Wellingborough. The family later relocated to 15 Waterloo Yard, Wellingborough and would appear there on the 1881 census, a 14-year-old John having already left school and being described as a joiner.

Charles was married in Daventry in 1896 to Sophia Turnell (b. 1865 in Wellingborough) and they settled in Wellingborough, appearing on the 1901 census living at 69 Great Park Street with Charles being described as a carpenter. The couple would have one child, a daughter named Dorothy Kate, who was born on 21 January 1899. Charles, his wife and daughter appear together on the 1911 census living at 2 Baker Street, Wellingborough, the home of his parents-in-law George and Sarah Turnell; his wife was then described as totally blind, having been so since the age of 40.

Charles boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a third class passenger (ticket number 3101314 which cost £7, 5s) and he was destined for Canada. He boarded under the pseudonym Charles Franklin, for reasons unknown, although the Northampton Independent (20 April 1912) states that he had told his fiends he intended to travel under this guise. It has been suggested that he was struggling to care for his blind wife and the journey to Canada was an attempt to alleviate himself from those responsibilities.

Charles Farden was lost in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

Charles Fardon, a Wellingborough carpenter, who is one the victims, finding local business declining, decided seek success elsewhere, and booked by the ill-fated boat. He leaves a blind and penniless wife.  (Sheffield Daily Telegraph - 22 April 1912)

His widow Sophia was left destitute; she was never remarried and remained in Wellingborough where she died in 1938. His daughter Dorothy was married in 1923 to Charles Stone Platnauer (1902-1990) and had three children. She also died in Wellingborough, in 1983.

References and Sources

Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
Marriages, births, deaths and injuries that have occurred on board during the voyage (PRO London, BT 100/259-260)
Search archive online

Comment and discuss

  1. Sarah Murphy said:

    does anyone have any further info about a 3rd class passenger named Charles Fardon (aged 38) but travelled under the name Charles Franklin, he boarded at Cherbourg? He was our great, great uncle so any further information would be most appreciated. Thank you.

  2. meagan mcrill garrett said:

    all i found out was that his destination was to canada, hope that helped just a little bit. meagan

  3. Arne Mjåland said:

    There was an article in The Northampton Independent about him April 20 1912: I wonder why Charles needed to travel under an assumed name. He was just an ordinary workman. I doubt... Read full post

  4. Bob Godfrey said:

    The entry for Farden in Craig Stringer's Titanic People suggests that the burden of caring for his disabled wife had become too much for him, and that he 'decided to flee' to Canada. That would fit with a desire to cover his tracks.

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2017) Charles Richard Fardon (ref: #819, last updated: 8th July 2017, accessed 1st August 2021 01:23:49 AM)

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