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Frank Bendell

Mr Frank Bendell (Fireman) was born in Christchurch, Hampshire, England on 17 September 1888.

He was the son of William Thomas Bendell (1860-1954), a general labourer, and Charlotte Mutter (1866-1955). His father was also native to Christchurch whilst his mother hailed from Portland, Dorset and they had married in 1883.

Frank was one of eight surviving children from a total of nine and his known siblings were: Thomas William (1884-1965), George (1886-1951), Rosa (1890-1972, later Mrs Maurice Remnant), Bertie (1894-1918), Frederick Charles (b. 1899), Arthur Herbert (b. 1905) and Mabel Annie (b. 1907).

Frank first appears on the 1891 census living with his family at Fairmile in Christchurch but the family moved to Sholing, Southampton sometime in the late 1890s, later appearing on the 1901 census living at an unspecified address in that district. By the time of the 1911 census Frank and his family are living at 26 Woodley Road, Woolston, Itchen and he is described as an unmarried marine fireman.

When he signed on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, Frank gave his address as 26 Woodley Road, Woolston and his previous ship as the Kildonan Castle. As a fireman he could expect to earn monthly wages of £6.

Frank died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

His family remained in Southampton; his father died in 1954 and his mother the following year. His brother Bertie also served in the Merchant Marine and during WWI was aboard the SS Galway Castle, of the Union Castle Line, when that ship was torpedoed on 12 September 1918. Bertie was among the lost. Another brother, Frederick Charles, was aboard the HMHS Britannic, sister ship of the Titanic, when she struck a mine in the Aegean on 21 November 1916. Frederick survived but what became of him in later years is not certain.


  1. Sometimes listed as T. or J. Bendell probably because his initial was hard to read in the Titanic crew sign-on sheets.
  2. Thomas W Bendell (born 1884); George Bendell (born 1886); Rosie  (Rosa or Rose) Bendell (born 1891);
    Bertie Bendell (born 1893); Elsie Bendell (born 1895); Fred Bendell (born 1900); Arthur Bendell (born 1905); Mabel Bendell (born 1908)

References and Sources

British Census
General Register Office Index of Births, Marriages and Deaths.
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  1. Peter Remnant

    this was my great uncle, uncle to my father ronald remnant,son of rose bendall,sisterof deseased

  2. Alan Bendall

    Did they have the spelling of his last name wrong?Thanks,Alan Bendall Texas, USA

  3. Encyclopedia Titanica

    Frank Bendell is the correct name. Bendell is the correct surname.

  4. S Jenks

    This was my husband's great, great uncle - brother to Rosa Bendell who was my husband's great grandma. She talked about him fondly to her daughter & granddaughter (my mother-in-law) along with his brother Bertie who went down with his ship in WWI a few years later. They are both remembered on the memorials in Southampton where the family still live.

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Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr Frank Bendell
Age: 23 years 6 months and 28 days (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: Fireman
Last Ship: Kildonan Castle
Embarked: Southampton on Saturday 6th April 1912
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Identified

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