Mr Frederick William Edge

Mr 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. 23 October 1875 in Itchen, Hampshire) and together they would have three children: Frederick William (b. 29 December 1896), Richard Charles (b.  8 September 1900) and Kathleen Doris (b. 2 February 1903).
The family, minus Frederick, appear on the 1901 census as residents of 28 Clovelly Road, Southampton. By the time of the 1911 census Fred and his family were at the same address and he was described as a ship's steward. His two younger children were still at school whilst his eldest son Frederick was 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 previous ship had been the Olympic and as a deck steward, he received monthly wages of £3, 15s.

Frederick Edge died in the sinking and 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 many years. She passed away in Walthamstowe, Essex on 12 January 1948.

His son Richard later worked as a publican and ran the Cross Keys in Edmonton, Middlesex; he married in 1932 to May Entwistle (b. 1908) but had no children. He died in Middlesex on 7 August 1958.

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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Southern Daily Echo (1912) 

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