Mr Reginald Charles Coleridge

Mr Reginald Charles Coleridge was born in Teignmouth, Devon, England in the second half of 1883.

He was the son of Charles Cotton Coleridge (b. 1856), a cabinet maker, and Nancy Wescott (b. 1857), both Devon natives who had married in 1880. The eldest of three children, Reginald had two sisters: Frances May (b. 1892) and Edith (b. 1893) who had both been born in Norfolk where Reginald seems to have spent a great portion of his life. His mother died in 1900.

Reginald and his father appear on the 1901 census living at 22 Park Road, Walsoken, Norfolk and his father and sisters on the 1911 census living at 5 Park Road in the same district. Reginald was listed elsewhere on the 1911 census as a visitor to a friend's home, the clergyman Alexander Chorley Crosfield (b. 1867) who lived at the Vicarage in Hartford, Huntingdonshire. He was then described as an incorporated advertising consultant. Contemporary news reports suggested that the Reverend Crosfield was Reginald's adoptive father. By 1912 he was still a resident of Hartford, where he was active in the Boy Scouts and member of 1st Sudbury Troop, but working in London.

Coleridge had been due to travel to America on another steamer but had his passage transferred to the Titanic as a result of the coal strike. He was en route to Detroit, Michigan on business, with a holiday planned in Canada afterward with Crosfield. He boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a second class passenger (ticket number 14263, which cost £10, 10s).

Coleridge was lost in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.


On Sunday afternoon last, members of the above troop visited Huntingdon for the purpose of attending a memorial service in memory of Mr R. C. Coleridge, late hon. secretary of the Boy Scouts, Huntingdon and District Association, who lost his life on the Titanic. About 300 scouts were present and the Hunts. Constabulary (under two inspectors), with several very influential gentlemen made up the parade. The service commenced at 4 o'clock at St Mary's Church, which was so packed that the scouts were standing in the chancel, and some had to sit on the Altar steps outside the Communion Rail, the Sandy Troop found seat on the Pulpit steps, being well satisfied. The hymn "Nearer my God, to Thee" was sung and a very appropriate address was delivered by the Rev Gordon, Vicar of St Ives, after which a collection was taken for the relief fund. It was a most impressive service and will doubtless be always remembered by those who were present. - Biggleswade Chronicle, 26 April 1912

His estate, valued at £455, 14s, 7d, was administered to Reverend Alexander Crosfield on 10 June 1912.  Crosfield only learned of the fate of his adopted son when he arrived in Nova Scotia a few days after the disaster.

Alexander Crosfield later died in Surrey on 19 October 1934. Reginald's own father Charles died in London in 1929.

Reginald is remembered on a tablet in All Saints Church, Hartford, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.


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