Frederick Charles Godwin1 was born in Lyndhurst, Hampshire, England around 1877. His exact origins remain uncertain2 but he is believed to have been the son of Thomas Godwin and Mary Ann Stormes (b. 1847) but exact details remain unclear. There is also a possibility that he spent some of his early years living with his family in a workhouse but again there are no definite facts.
Frederick was married in Lymington, Hampshire in mid-1897 to Emily Elizabeth Hine (b. 1874 in Marsh Gibbon, Buckinghamshire) and together they would have three children: Phyllis Flintham (b. 14 July 1898), Geoffrey Reginald (b. 1 June 1899) and Frank George (b. 25 July 1902).
On the 1901 census Frederick, his wife and his first two children were listed as living at Lopperwood Road, Netley Marsh, Hampshire and he was described as a groom. On the 1911 census the family were then living at Ringwood Road, Totton, Hampshire and Frederick was then described as a steamship fireman.
When Frederick signed on to the Titanic on 6 April 1912 he gave his address simply as Totton and his age as 33. His previous ship had been the Oceanic and as a greaser he could expect monthly wages of £6, 10s. Also serving on the Titanic was the brother of his wife Emily, William Edward Hine who worked as a baker.
Frederick Godwin was lost in the Titanic disaster and his body, if recovered, was never identified. He is remembered on a plaque at the St Mary's Church, Eling, Totton.
Frederick's widow Emily remarried in 1918 to an Alfred Knight before her death in Totton on 2 May 1929.
His daughter Phyllis was later married to shipyard welder Edward Henry Peckham (b. 1893) and they had a daughter; she died in Balcombe, West Sussex on 5 May 1989. His son Geoffrey also went to sea as a stoker and trimmer; it is not believed he ever married and he died in Southampton in 1957. Son Frank, later a wood machinist, was married in 1935 to Dorcas Elizabeth Taplin (b. 1911) and he had a son; he died in Totton on 24 February 1979.