Mr Charles Robert Guest was born in Speldhurst, Kent, England in the latter months of 1887.
He was the eldest son of Robert Guest (b. 1850) and Fanny Whatman (b. 1859). His father, who held various jobs including waggoner, agricultural labourer and farm bailiff, was originally from Ticehurst, Sussex whilst his mother hailed from Rolvenden, Kent and they had married in late 1886. The couple took on the children of Fanny's brother, Albert Whatman (1851-1932). Albert, also a waggoner, had been married in 1875 to Mary Ann Holdstock (b. 1856) and had three children: Charles Albert (b. 1877), Florence Elizabeth (b. 1879) and Walter William (b. 1884). Mary Ann apparently died in 1884, possibly during childbirth. Perhaps unable to care for his children himself, Albert left them in the charge of his sister and her husband and they would appear with them on census records listed under the name of Guest.
Charles Guest, or Robert as it seems he preferred to be known, came from a large brood himself and his known siblings were: Stephen (b. 1890), May (b. 1892), Grace (b. 1893), Ethel (b. 1894), Clara (b. 1899), Herbert (b. 1900), George (b. 1901) and Doris (b. 1906).
Robert first appears on the 1891 census living at an unspecified address in Horsemonden, Kent and on the following 1901 census at Pheasant Farm in Headcorn, Kent where he was described as a domestic house boy, having already left school. By the time of the 1911 census Robert is described as a nursery gardener and still living, unmarried, with his parents at Herbert Road, Hextable, Swanley, Kent.
Guest boarded the Titanic in Southampton as a third class passenger (ticket number 376563 which cost £8, 1s). Travelling with him was Percival and Kate Thorneycroft, also from Kent. His destination is not certain but the Thorneycrofts were bound for Clinton, New York. The ship's log details that he was travelling c/o Pickfords of Gresham Street, London, a removals firm.
Robert Guest died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.
His family continued to live in Kent; his father died in 1924 and his mother in 1939.