Mr Frederick Charles Simmons

Frederick Charles Simmons

Mr Frederick Charles Simmons was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England on 16 May 1887.

He was the son of Thomas Procter Simmons (1849-1934), a plumber's labourer, and Hannah (Annie) Minns (1856-1928) and both had married in mid-1873 in their native Southampton.

Frederick was one of sixteen children and his siblings were: George Thomas (b. 1873), Lily Eliza (b. 1975), William Arthur (b. 1876), Annie Elizabeth (b. 1877), Lucy Florence (b. 1879). Albert Henry (b. 1881), William John (b. 1882), Maud Louise (b. 1884), William James (b. 1886), Bertie James (b. 1888), Emmeline (b. 1890), Ernest Alfred (b. 1891), Archibald Procter (b. 1893), Hannah Kathleen (b. 1898) and Margaret Alice (b. 1900). At least four would die in infancy.

At the time of the 1891 census the family were living at 36 Albert Street, Southampton and by then Frederick's father was described as a provisions dealer. The 1901 census would have the family at the same address, with Thomas Simmons then described as a shopkeeper (grocer). Frederick went to sea around the same time and worked on various ships, including Majestic and Oceanic.

Frederick was married in Southampton in mid-1910 to Winifred Lucraft (b. 16 August 1887) of Ilfracombe, Devon, daughter of John Lucraft and Martha Harris. 

The couple welcomed their first child, Robert Ralph towards the end of 1910. At the time of the 1911 census Frederick was absent but his wife and son were living with her mother and a brother at 23 York Road in Southampton. Tragedy struck when their son Robert died on 5 June 1911 before reaching his first birthday. Winifred was pregnant at the time and five months later the couple were gifted with another son, Edward Reginald (b. 3 November 1911).

When Frederick signed-on to the Titanic on 6 April 1912 he gave his address as 263 Millbrook Road, Southampton. His previous ship had been the Oceanic and as a saloon steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s. Whilst aboard he sent a letter to his wife from Queenstown. 

Just a line in great haste to let you know I am feeling fine and rather pleased with the ship. Of course I don't know if I shall have a show or not but I hope so. How are you keeping on, I hope you and baby are keeping very well. I expect I shall be comfortable here. When you write please address F. C. Simmons as there are two more of that name in the ship. Well darling I have no more to say now as I am in a hurry, love to all at home and heaps of it and kisses for you and Teddy.

From your ever-loving husband Fred

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

Frederick's widow and infant son were assisted financially by the Titanic Relief Fund. Winifred later remarried in Southampton in 1917 to Robert Victor Baker (b. 1887), a dock labourer, with whom she would have four more children, the family living for many years in Southampton. Widowed a second time in 1963, Winifred passed away in Weymouth, Dorset in 1967.

Frederick and Winifred's son Edward was married in 1935 to Lily Rosina Poole (1910-1990) and they had a daughter, Mary (b. 1939). The small family remained in Southampton where Edward died on 6 October 1993 aged 81.

 

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References and Sources

Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Titanic Voices, 1994, Hyslop, Forsythe, Jemima. ISBN 075091436
Search archive British and Irish newspapers online

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