Mr Frederick William Barrett

Fredieck Barrett

Mr Frederick William Barrett (Fireman1) was born in Buckland, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England on 10 January 1879.

He was the eldest child of Thomas William Barrett (1849-1907), a ship's carpenter, and Ellen Cooper (1850-1917). His father was from Poole, Dorset and his mother from West Cowes, Hampshire and they had married in 1878 in Portsmouth. He had two known siblings, Jessie (b. 1880) and Lucy May (b. 1885).

Frederick first appears on the 1881 census living at 24 Cressy Place, Portsea Island, Hampshire with his parents and sister Jessie. The family are living at 17 Guildfort Street, St Mary, Southampton by the time of the 1891 census. Frederick is absent by the time of the 1901 census but his family are at the same address as in the previous record.

Initially earning a living as a labourer, Frederick joined the Royal Navy on 21 May 1897, claiming to be a year older and described as standing at 5' 3¾" with brown hair, grey eyes and a fresh complexion. He also sported a variety of tattoos, one of which read "True Love" and he had a scar on the back of his head. His first ship was Victory II. He would go on to work as stoker aboard Alexandra, Victory III, Duke of Wellington, Majestic and Fisgard, amongst others, and he was discharged on 23 May 1909 following service, once again aboard Victory II. It is assumed that he joined the merchant service following this.

Frederick was married in Southampton in 1909 to Agnes Louisa Maude Prince, née Kelley (b. 1879 in Sholing, Southampton). Agnes had previously been married in 1899 to Arthur Prince and had two children, Arthur (b. 1901) and Alice Emma (b. 1903). She was widowed in 1904 when her husband was killed by a train whilst working on the docks.

Frederick and Agnes had three children of their own: Frederick William (b. 3 June 1910) and twins Rosina Maud and Thomas Samuel (b. 24 March 1912).

On the 1911 census Frederick, his wife, two stepchildren and son Frederick are living at 26 Bevois Street, Southampton and he is described as a ship's fireman.

When Frederick signed on to the Titanic on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as 26 Bevois Street, Southampton. His last ship had been the Ausonia and as a fireman he  could expect to earn monthly wages of £6.

Frederick William Barrett was lost in the Titanic disaster. His body, if recovered, was never identified. His wife had only just given birth to twins, Rosina and Thomas a few weeks before.

His widow Agnes received financial aid from the Titanic Relief Fund, but received no coverage for the two children from her first marriage. She lost her daughter Rosina Maud shortly before her first birthday the following year.

Agnes was remarried in 1917 to Wilfred Evans and they had a son, also named Wilfred Thomas (1918-1980) the following year. Agnes died in 1962 in Guildford, Surrey.

Frederick's stepson Arthur later moved to Lancashire and died in Southport in 1971. His stepdaughter Alice later married Michael McNamara and had two children before her death in Southampton in 1971. His son Frederick William was later married to Alice Powell but they had no children and he died in 1980 in Southampton. His younger son Thomas Samuel never married and died in Southampton in 1989.

Notes

  1. There were two men named Frederick William Barrett on the Titanic. The other was also a fireman but survived.
 

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  1. Matthew Thompson said:

    Is Frederick Barrett alive anymore? If not, when did he die? I am curious.

  2. Harpreet said:

    One of my old teachers is related to Fredrick Barrett, he is her great great uncle in law!

  3. Desertvue said:

    What happen to Frederick Barrett after the inquiry?

  4. Trevornolac said:

    Titanic sank 100 years ago he was 28 when the ship went down so that would make him 128 years old.  I am pretty sure he has joined his fellow crewman from the Titanic in the hereafter by now. 

  5. Matthew Thompson said:

    Is Frederick Barrett alive anymore? If not, when did he die? I am curious.

  6. R John Barrett said:

    according to my grandmother Frederick Barrett also known as Alfred my grandmother passed and 2000 sorry 2008 at the age of 112claimed that he what's her husband and resided in Nashua New Hampshire strangely enough the picture looks like meat the age of 28

  7. Jakelovesdonna@gmail.com Jake said:

    Frederick barret didn't die in the sinking of the titanic barret was rescued by life boat number 13 he then was rescued by the Carpathia when the Carpathia reached new York barret gave testimony in the titanic inquiry he went back to Southampton and joined titanic's sister Olympic as leading fire man you can see him being protraed in the film saving the titanic and in James Cameron's titanic movie

  8. Harpreet said:

    One of my old teachers is related to Fredrick Barrett, he is her great great uncle in law!

  9. James (2409) said:

    Frederick William Barrett was lost in the sinking of the Titanic. There were two Frederick Barrett's on board this one the one that died was my grandmothers stepfather. She told us that her mother had been informed that he had been saved but then later found out it was the other Frederick Barrett.

  10. Desertvue said:

    What happen to Frederick Barrett after the inquiry?

  11. tentantoes said:

    Frederick Barrett chief fireman did NOT die in sinking. He gave testimony as to details he was the only survivor that witnessed concerning the structural failures of that area where he worked. As he was forced to the main deck, he was put as the oarsman in something like last lifeboat.

  12. Trevornolac said:

    Titanic sank 100 years ago he was 28 when the ship went down so that would make him 128 years old.  I am pretty sure he has joined his fellow crewman from the Titanic in the hereafter by now. 

  13. Aoife (3031) said:

    I thought he was on life boat 13 ?

  14. R John Barrett said:

    according to my grandmother Frederick Barrett also known as Alfred my grandmother passed and 2000 sorry 2008 at the age of 112claimed that he what's her husband and resided in Nashua New Hampshire strangely enough the picture looks like meat the age of 28

  15. tentantoes said:

    Though my Barrett ancestors, records seemingly very accurate, were in America at least in early to mid 1700s, I'm still interested in both the Titanic survivor and casualty of same name. The Frederick W. Barrett survivor by all reports was last in records aboard the sister ship working. Then nothing else about him. Makes me think he changed his name to avoid the notoriety.

  16. Jakelovesdonna@gmail.com Jake said:

    Frederick barret didn't die in the sinking of the titanic barret was rescued by life boat number 13 he then was rescued by the Carpathia when the Carpathia reached new York barret gave testimony in the titanic inquiry he went back to Southampton and joined titanic's sister Olympic as leading fire man you can see him being protraed in the film saving the titanic and in James Cameron's titanic movie

  17. tentantoes said:

    By records I've happened upon...that is a total mystery. He worked aboard the Titanic's White Star Line sister ship and no record of him afterwards.

  18. James (2409) said:

    Frederick William Barrett was lost in the sinking of the Titanic. There were two Frederick Barrett's on board this one the one that died was my grandmothers stepfather. She told us that her mother had been informed that he had been saved but then later found out it was the other Frederick Barrett.

  19. tentantoes said:

    Further reading has that Fredrick Barrett died of TB at age 39, after remarrying a Jones lady who preceded him in death by several yrs. Their only child surviving infancy was named Harold, was raised by a relative after his father died. Harold went on to marry a Berry lady, and they had twins born in 1955...the son named Fredrick.

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