Mr Frederick Charles Sawyer was born in Malshanger, Hannington, Hampshire, England in late 1888 and his birth was registered in Kingsclere in the last quarter of that year.
He was the son of Edward Joseph Sawyer (1861-1947) and Jane Drewitt (1858-1910). His father was a native of Figheldean, Wiltshire and his mother from Hannington, Hampshire and they were married in Hampshire in 1885. He had one brother, William John (b. 1887).
Frederick is first recorded on the 1891 census when he and his family are living at Malshanger Cottages, Hannington and his father was described as a carter. This address would be Fred's family home for the rest of his life and he appears here again on the 1901 census, albeit incorrectly listed as Edward and described as a schoolboy aged 12.
Frederick lost his mother Jane towards the end of 1910 and in the following 1911 census his widowed father, now a waggoner, and his brother William, a farm labourer, are still living at Malshanger. Frederick is listed elsewhere as a boarder at 2 Acre Cottages, Slade Green, Kent and is described as a gardener and unmarried.
He boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a third class passenger (ticket number 342826, £8, 1s) and was travelling to Halley, Michigan.
His father continued to live in and around Hannington and died in 1947 aged 85.
NO. 284. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 24. DARK HAIR AND LIGHT MOUSTACHE.
CLOTHING - Grey suit: dickey over striped cotton shirt; silver watch: match box; Medal; comb; pruning and pocket knife; purse, with 4s 11d.English, and $6.07 American; ticket book.
THIRD CLASS TICKET NO. 342826.
NAME - FRED SAWYER,
References and SourcesRecord of Bodies and Effects: Passengers and Crew, S.S. Titanic (Public Archives of Nova Scotia) (#284)
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55)