Frederick Wright

RMS Titanic Squash Racquet Court Attendant

Frederick Wright

Frederick Wright was born in Great Billing, Northamptonshire, England in late 1888 and he was baptised on 6 January 1889. He was the son of William Wright (b. 1845), a shoemaker, and Esther Harlot (b. 1848), both Great Billing-natives who had married in 1866.

Frederick was one of fifteen children; his known siblings (including two sisters named Julia) were: William (b. 1866), Elizabeth (b. 1868), Philadelphus (b. 1870), Priscilla (b. 1872), Julia (b. 1873), Robert Charles (b. 1877), Charlotte (b. 1878), Julia (b. 1881), Rebecca (b. 1881), Ernest Robert (b. 1882) and Ida Emily (b. 1885).

Frederick appears on the 1891 census living with his family in St Giles, Great Billing. His mother passed away in 1896; his father, perhaps unable to care for him by himself, sent Frederick to live with his older married brother William and his family and he would appear here on the 1901 census at Alms House Village. Aged 12, it is indicated that he has already left school and is working as a domestic houseboy.

By the time the 1911 census was conducted Frederick is absent. His father is listed as living at St Giles, Great Billing with his unmarried daughter Ida and is now described as an agricultural labourer.

When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, Frederick gave his address as 22 Stern Street, Shepherd's Bush, (London). His last ship had been the Olympic. As the racquet court attendant, he received weekly wages of £1, a meagre sum and he perhaps relied heavily on tips from his wealthy clientele.

Wright met Colonel Archibald Gracie shortly after the collision and Gracie jokingly cancelled his racquets lesson for the next morning. Wright seemed concerned, probably because by that time he knew the racquet court was filling with water.

Wright died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.  Frederick is mentioned on the family headstone in the churchyard at St Andrew church, Great Billing, Northampton

His father continued to live in Northamptonshire and died in 1933.

References and Sources

Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Colonel Archibald Gracie (1913) The Truth about the Titanic. New York, Mitchell Kennerley
Hermann Söldner (ed.) (2000) RMS Titanic: Passenger and Crew List 10 April 1912-15 April 1912. ä wie Ärger Verlag.
Northampton Mercury, 19 April 1912

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  1. Roger White said:

    Surfed in via Alta Vista looking for trace of a relative (Fredrick Wright - Raquet Court Attendant)who was said to have died on the Titanic. It worked, and there was a page for him! Amazingly then found that another crew member lived next door to my grandparents in Nazeing, Essex - A Littlejohn, listed as a saloon steward and survivor, but no separate pager for him. My aunt remembers him well as an old man, blind by then. Thanks. A fascinating resource. Roger White

  2. Matthew day said:

    can you help me fun infomashon adout my relative. his name is fredrick wright

  3. George Behe said:

    Dear Matthew Day, I have the texts of a letter and a postcard that Mr. Wright wrote while on board the Titanic. I also have brief summaries of half-a-dozen letters that he wrote during the interval between August 9, 1911 and March 13, 1912 (all of which were written while he was serving on board RMS Olympic.) If interested, please contact me at All my best, George Behe

  4. Matthew day said:

    i need more informachion about him

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    Jason D. Tiller said:

    Hello Matthew, Well, for starters, have you tried his biography? Click to access it. If that doesn't help, what type of information are you looking for? There are a lot of Passenger/Crew Researchers that hang out here, but you need to be more specific in what you're asking.

  6. sandra day said:

    i need more informachion abouht my relative

  7. sandra day said:

    witch cabin was he in and were

  8. Lester Mitcham said:

    Sandra, If you go to the deck plans here: Click on to F-deck. It will open mid-deck. Go forward on the port-side. Increase the magnitude and just forward of the Clothes Pressing Room you will see a Room marked: Baggage Master & SRC PROF. Hope that helps, Lester

  9. Laura Airlie said:

    In memory of my great great Uncle. RIPLaura Airlie (nee Wright)

  10. Ukspazzi said:

    Hi Laura , did you know that your great Uncle is named in the grave yard in the church yard in St Andrews in Great Billing? Sure you do.....

  11. Matthew day said:

    Hi please could you get back to me asp as mr Frederick wright is my sort off family

  12. Matthew day said:

    Hi Laura AirlieI see that mr Frederick wright was your great Uncle . Well he is some what relative to me . My nan well her mum was called nan Clark but she died but she is some to do with Taft family and I am now really interested In any thing titanic and Frederick wright . Do you have any thing please e mail me on

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Chris Dohany, USA

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2018) Frederick Wright (ref: #2204, last updated: 11th November 2018, accessed 26th July 2021 01:58:21 AM)
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