Mr Frederick Reeves (F. Smith) was born in Brighton, Sussex, England1 around 1892.
He was the son of Frederick William Reeves (b. 1858) and Alice Maud Bull (b. 1867). His father was a carpenter and joiner and hailed from Bath whilst his mother was born in Southampton, the daughter of George Samuel Bull (b. 1844), a cab driver from Beaulieu, Hampshire, and Elizabeth Saunders (b. circa 1842), a native of Fordingbridge. Frederick had one known sibling, his younger brother John (b. 1896). Frederick's parents appeared on the 1891 census living at 21 Park Place, Brighton; although described as husband and wife they were not married until later that year.
He first appears on the 1901 census living at 27 Fanshawe Street, Southampton; his mother was by then a widow but what became of his father is not certain and the household was taking in lodgers to make ends meet. She eventually remarried to a man named Smith but details about this are lacking. From that union, however, Frederick gained two half siblings: Ronald (b. circa 1903) and Winnie (b. circa 1905).
Frederick, listed as Smith, and his two half-siblings appear on the 1911 census living at 33 Ordnance Road, Southampton, the home address of his grandparents George and Elizabeth Bull, boarding house keepers. He was described as an unmarried ship's steward. The whereabouts of his mother is not certain.
Frederick was on board the Titanic for her delivery trip from Belfast to Southampton. When he signed-on again in Southampton (as F. Smith) on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as 33 Ordnance Road. His previous ship had been the Olympic and as an assistant pantry steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s.
Frederick died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.2
Frederick's grandfather died on 5 October 1912.
Alan Ruffman, Canada
- The 1911 census gives his birthplace as Southampton.
- Body #240 might be that of F. Smith (Correspondence with Alan Ruffman, Canada).
References and SourcesAgreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Particulars of Engagement (Belfast), Ulster Folk and Transport Museum (TRANS 2A/45 381)
Daily Mirror 20 April 1912