Mr Frederick Edward Giles

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.



Edgar and Fred Giles
Courier Post (NJ)  (1912) 
Fred Giles
Courier Post (NJ)  (1912) 

Articles and Stories

Camden Post-Telegram (1912) 
Western Morning News (1912) 

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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)
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Encyclopedia Titanica (2015) Frederick Edward Giles (ref: #425, last updated: 15th July 2015, accessed 16th January 2021 17:47:03 PM)