Mr Charles Henry James Smith

Mr Charles Smith, 38, was born in London in 1867.

He was married to Agnes Emily Goddard in 1892 and they had two adopted sons.

Family relate:

Charles had applied for a job on a liner with the White Star line and had to go to Southampton to be interviewed for the job. As the family were poor he walked there from London. On the way back home, having got a job as a kitchen porter on the liner, he called in to see his brother in law John and his wife Ellen. They felt sorry for him and gave him the train fare home so that he wouldn't have to walk the rest of the way.

Charles and his family moved to Southampton and were living at 35, Grove Street, when some of his family came down to Southampton to see him off. They were shown round the ship by Charles the night before it sailed. As he was a kitchen porter, they saw quite of bit of the kitchens, where they saw fabulous cakes lined up in rows waiting to be served to the passengers when the ship sailed.

When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as 35 Grove Street, (Southampton). His last ship had been the Philadelphia. As a kitchen porter he received monthly wages of £3 10s.

Smith died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.

Maggie Peacock

References and Sources
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
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