Frederick Charles Godwin 1 was born in Lyndhurst, Hampshire, England around 1876. His parents are believed to have been George and Mary Godwin, both natives of Hampshire and London respectively.
Frederick was married in Lymington, Hampshire in mid-1897 to Emily Elizabeth Hine (b. 1874 in Marsh Gibbin, Buckinghamshire) and together they would have three children: Phyllis Flintham (b. July 14, 1898), Geoffrey Reginald (b. 1899) and Frank George (b. July 25, 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 are now living at Ringwood Road, Totton, Hampshire and Frederick is now 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. 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, as a baker.
Frederick Godwin was lost in the Titanic disaster. His body, if recovered, was never identified.
Frederick is remembered on a plaque at the St Mary's Church, Eling, Totton.
Frederick's widow is believed to have remarried and died in 1929. His daughter Phyllis was later married to Edward H. Peckham and they had one daughter. She died in West Sussex in 1989. His son Geoffrey is not believed to have married and he died in Southampton in 1957. His son Frank was married in 1935 to Dorcas Taplin and he had one son. Frank died in 1979 in Southampton.
- Listed on Senate list as F. Gardner. Name frequently given as Frederick Walter Godwin. There were several Frederick Godwins born in Lyndhurst/Eling, Hampshire as per census reports. A Frederick Walter Godwin was born in Eling, Hampshire in 1878 but it is uncertain whether this is the same man. Frederick Godwin's 1897 marriage to Emily Hine gives his name as Frederick Charles and his memorial plaque gives his name as Charles Frederick.