Mr Frederick Allen

Mr Frederick Allen (Lift steward, 1st class) was born in Bedford, Bedfordshire, England around late 1894.

He was the son of John James Allen (1847-1921), a general labourer originally from Jersey in the Channel Islands, and Sophia Blades, née Foster (1851-1934), a London native. They had married in Bedford in 1884.

His mother had a previous and unidentified marriage under her belt and had two known children from that relationship: Amelia (b. 1875) and Sophia (b. 1878). Frederick had two direct siblings: Charles John (1886-1952) and Ernest (b. 1888).

Spending his very early years in Bedford, he and his family later moved to his father's birthplace of Jersey, settling in St Helier and appearing there on the 1901 census at 35 Poonah Road, Frederick still being described as a schoolboy. How long the family remained in Jersey is not known but they returned to England and settled in Southampton sometime prior to 1911.

The 1911 census shows the family scattered; Frederick's mother was by then working as a housekeeper and appeared at 4 Guildford Street, Northam, the home of an Alfred Williams; his father and brother Ernest were listed as living at 76 Lower Canal Walk, Southampton; his father was by now working as a dock labourer and Ernest as an attendant male nurse. Frederick was shown working as a page boy at the Southwestern Hotel on Canute Road, Southampton. One of his colleagues was another future Titanic crewman and fellow Channel Islander Henry Ingrouille. One of their guests at the time was Titanic surgeon William O'Loughlin.

When he signed on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, Allen gave his address as 9 Short Street in Chapel, Southampton. His previous ship had been the Olympic and as a first class lift steward he could expect monthly wages of £3, 15s. Also serving aboard was his elder brother Ernest, a trimmer.

Surviving steward Leo Hyland later recalled that during the evacuation he witnessed Fred Allen jumping off one of the deck housings onto the boat deck. "We had been ordered to Boat Stations at the time, I saw him go forward but did not see him again... Allen was either a lift or bell boy and I knew him well."

Frederick Allen died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified. His brother Ernest was saved. He was mentioned in a death notice (unidentified newspaper April 1912):

Allen -- April 15, 1912, at sea, on S.S. Titanic, Frederick Allen, age 17, the dearly beloved son of John and Sophia Allen, of 9, Short-street, Chapel Southampton. Gone from our sight: still ever dear to the memory of his mother and friends.

Mansion House Titanic Relief Fund
Number 279
Allen, mother. grant £20.

His family remained in Southampton; his father died in 1921 and his mother later remarried and became Mrs Edwin Ellery before her death in Southampton on 4 March 1934.

Gavin Bell
Brian Ticehurst

References and Sources
Southern Evening Echo, 24 November 1970, Article
Mansion House Titanic Relief Fund Booklets and Minute Books

Articles and Stories

Titanic survivor recalls boy crew member

Southern Evening Echo  (1970) 


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