Mr Frederick William Barrett

Mr Frederick William Barrett (Fireman) 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.

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