Mr Frank Painter was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England in the second half of 1883.
He was the youngest son of Henry Painter (b. 1841), a bricklayer, and Fanny Diaper (b. 1842), Southampton natives who were married in 1869, and he was brother to Henry David (b. 1870), William James (b. 1877) and twins Thomas John and Edwin Mark (b. 1880).
He first appears on the 1891 census living at 20 Cross Street, St Mary, Southampton and by the time of the 1901 census he and his family are residing at 9 Popes Buildings, Southampton and Frank is described as a general labourer.
He was married to Elizabeth Jane Grant (b. 1881 in Totton) in 1906 and they had two children: Elsie Doris (b. 1907) and Frederick Frank (b. 1909). Although absent from the 1911 census, Frank's wife and children were shown living at 27 Morpeth Terrace, Mortimer Road, Itchen.
When Frank signed on to the Titanic, on 10 April 1912, he gave his address as 10 Bridge Road, Southampton and his previous ship as the Olympic. As a fireman he could expect to earn monthly wages of £6, 10s.
Frank Painter was lost in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.
His widow Elizabeth never remarried and remained living in Southampton. In 1926, she lost her daughter Elsie aged just 19. Elizabeth herself died in 1969 aged 88. Her son Frederick died in Crosby, Liverpool in 1974.
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