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Charles Robert Bainbrigge

Mr Robert Charles Bainbrigge1 was born in St Andrews, Guernsey in the Channel Islands on 19 October 1889.

His father, Reginald John Bainbrigge, was born in Canada in 1853 to Channel Islander parents but had returned to Guernsey as an infant and was apparently a man of wealth, being described as a gentleman on the 1881 census and living on his own means for the remainder of his life. He was married to an Australian-born woman named Maud 2 Emma Platts (b. 1860 in Adelaide) and had four children: Ethel Dora (b. 1878), Reginald (b. 1884), William Herbert (1894-1921) and Robert Charles, their daughter Ethel being born in Ceylon (modern-day Sri Lanka).

Robert first appears on the 1891 census as an infant living with his family at Rohais Manor, St Andrews where the family would be listed on all further census records. He had visited the USA in 1905 with his sister Ethel (later Mrs William King) who remained there, settling in St Paul, Minnesota and living at 214 Dayton Avenue by 1912. He made a second voyage to visit his sister, this time arriving in New York on 26 March 1909 aboard Adriatic but would remain living in Minnesota working as a horse trainer for Savage's International Stock Farm. He returned to his native Guernsey around early 1912 to visit his widowed mother and had intended returning to Minnesota earlier, on 3 April 1912, aboard Olympic but delayed his trip so that he could travel on Titanic instead.

He boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a second class passenger (ticket number CA31030 which cost £10, 10s).

Mr Bainbrigge died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified. His mother received a grant of £85 from the Titanic Relief Fund (case P. 16) and she is believed to have remained living in Rohais Manor up until her death in 1929. His sister Ethel remained living in St Paul, Minnesota and later had a son named Charles William (1918-2005). She died on 16 June 1956.  Charles is remembered on a plaque at St Peter Port Guersey with other Titanic passengers.


  1. Sometimes spelt Bainbridge
  2. Sources differ on the name of Robert's mother. The 1891 census gives her name as Martha and the 1901 and 1911 census records as Maud. Some sources give her name as Matilda.

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)
Mansion House Titanic Relief Fund Booklets and Minute Books
Passenger manifests of the S.S. Majestic, April 1905
Passenger manifests of the S.S. Adriatic, March 1909
Passenger manifests of the S.S. Olympic, April 1912

Newspaper Articles

Unidentified Newspaper (22 April 1912) MR. CHARLES BAINBRIGGE
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  1. K Bichard

    K Bichard

    Re: R C Bainbrigge was born in Guernsey 20th Oct 1889, second son of Reginald John Bainbrigge and Maud Emma Platts. He attended Elizabeth College, Guernsey 1900-1904.

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Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mr Charles Robert Bainbrigge
Age: 22 years 5 months and 27 days (Male)
Nationality: Channel Islander
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: Horse Trainer
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 31030, £10 10s
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Recovered

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