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Frederick Edward Giles

Mr Frederick George Giles was born in Sithney, Porthleven, Cornwall, England in the second half of 1891.

He was the son of William Harvey Giles (b. 1853), a farm labourer, and Mary Cornish Andrewartha (b. 1855), both Cornwall natives who were married on 16 June 1878.

One of eight surviving children from a total of ten, his siblings were: Albert (b. 1878), James (b. 1880), William Henry (b. 1884), Lily (1886-1907), Richard (1888-1955), John Francis (b. 1890), Edgar (b. 1893), Norman (1896-1953) and Edward Clare (1899-1978).

He first appears on the 1901 census living with his family at The Gew (?) in Sithney, Porthleven. The family later moved to Unity Street, Unity Road, Torleven, Porthleven and were listed there on the 1911 census. Frederick was absent however and he and his brother Edgar were listed elsewhere at Alma House, Fore Street, Porthleven, the home of a Mr Richard Wills, a jobmaster, and his wife. Frederick was described as a bus driver and Edgar as a cab driver. The Giles boys were well known in Porthleven for their singing.

In 1911 Frederick's elder brother William emigrated to America, where he set up home at 435 Pine Street, Camden, New Jersey and he worked as a professional horse trainer. A couple of years later Frederick and his brother Edgar decided to join him there and work for him.

For their journey both Frederick and Edgar travelled on Titanic, boarding at Southampton. They had been due to travel on Oceanic but the coal strike had forced the change to Titanic. They travelled second class. Frederick's ticket (number 28134) cost him £11, 10s and the brothers boarded the ship in Southampton on 10 April 1912.

Frederick Giles died in the sinking, his body, if recovered, was never identified.

His father did not see out the year and died in the latter months of 1912. His mother died in 1937.

References and Sources

Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
Mary Wensel, USA (Grandaughter of John Giles)

Newspaper Articles

Western Morning News (17 April 1912) Edgar & Fred Giles, Porthleven
Camden Post-Telegram (20 April 1912) Camden Man Mourns Brothers On Titanic


(1912) Fred Giles
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  1. Lee Giles

    Lee Giles

    I am interested in learning more about the three men with the last name Giles who perished as second class passengers simply because they had the same last name as I have. I would appreciate anyone knowing anything about them sending me an email at [email protected] Lee Giles Red Deer, Canada
  2. Bobbie Munro

    Bobbie Munro

    Thank you for your help in finding the names of two cousins who went down on the Titanic. I have a picture of the two brothers taken not long before going on their fateful voyage aboard the Titanic. I had only known the two brother lost their lives, I never knew their first names and I had found three Giles listed. With the help of your information, I know them to be Frederick & Edgar Giles. There is a listing of a Ralph Giles. His father's name is similar to that of Frederick & Edgar's (John William Giles vs. William Giles) . I wonder if they could possibly be related as well? Any further information would be appreciated. Thank you so much! Bobbie Munro originally from Pennsylvania now live in South Carolina
  3. Diego Aguero

    Diego Aguero

    Re: are any blood relatives alive like great grand sons
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Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mr Frederick Edward Giles
Age: 20 years (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Single
Last Residence: in Porthleven, Cornwall, England
Occupation: Bus Driver
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 28134, £11 10s
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Identified

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