Mr Frederick William Edge

Frederick William Edge was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England in 1873 and his birth was registered in the first quarter of that year. He was the son of William Hugh Edge (1843-1906) and Rebecca Jane Woodcock (1846-1921), Southampton natives who had married in 1869, and he was baptised on 8 July 1875 in St Matthew's Church, Southampton.

Frederick, known as Fred, had five known siblings: Louisa Marion (b. 1871), Beatrice Annie (b. 1874), William Hugh (b. 1876), Frank Richard (b. 1878) and George Henry (b. 1880).

The family appear on the 1881 census living at 70 Buchan Terrace, Brinton Road, St Mary, Southampton, his seafaring father being absent at the time. By the time of the 1891 census the family are living above the Bar of the Southampton yacht club in All Saints, Southampton where Fred's father was a steward. Fred himself is absent and apparently already at sea.

Fred was married on 3 November 1896 in Southampton to Catherine Fanny Youtman (b. 1875 in Itchen, Hampshire) and together they would have three children: Frederick William (b. 29 December 1896), Richard Charles (b. 1900) and Kathleen Doris (b. 2 February 1903).

The family, for reasons unknown, don't appear on the 1901 census. By the time of the 1911 census Fred and his family are living at 28 Clovelly Road, Southampton and he is described as a ship's steward. His to younger children are still at school whilst his eldest son Frederick is working as a telegraph boy.

When Fred signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as 28 Clovelly Road, (Southampton). His last ship had been the Olympic. As a deck steward he received monthly wages of £3 15s.

Frederick Edge died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified. The following death notice appeared in the Hampshire Independent (4 May 1912):

EDGE--April 15, 1912, on S.S. Titanic, the dearly beloved husband of Kate Edge, of 28, Clovelly Road, Southampton, aged 39. Deeply mourned by his mother, sisters and brothers. Gone from our sight, but to memory ever dear.

His family were later assisted financially by the Titanic Relief Fund.

His widow Catherine never remarried and continued to live at 28 Clovelly Road for the rest of her life. She passed away in Walthamstowe, Essex on 12 January 1948.

His son Frederick William died in Surrey in 1971, his son Richard in Middlesex in 1958 and his daughter Kathleen (later Mrs John Curran) in Reading in 1983.

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