Frederick John Budden

Date of birth: 1878
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: Not known
Rank: Chief Engineer
Vessel: SS Normandy
Battalion: Mercantile Marine
Died: 25th January 1918 aged 40 years
Death location: At sea


Life before the War
Frederick was the fifth of 6 siblings born to John Edwin and Harriet Elizabeth, nee Bushell, who were married in Southampton in 1867.

He was also the husband of Annie, nee Cotten, whom he married in Southampton in 1899.  They lived at “Burley”, Bellemoor Road, Shirley.  By 1900 they were living in Portsmouth and it was there that their first son Albert John was born in the same year.

Frederick is listed as a “fitter on gun mountings” in the 1901 Census.

The family was back in Southampton in 1906, where and when Frederick William, a second son was born.  There was a third child, but a record has been impossible to track down at present.

Frederick had 6 siblings – 5 sisters and a brother:

Linda Margaret Bushell was Frederick’s stepsister.  She was born in Southampton in 1862.  This implies that either Harriet had Linda out of wedlock or she was married to a Mr. Bushell prior to marrying John.  Linda died in Southampton in 1884.

Ella Blanche    b.1869 Southampton and d.1956 Camberwell.  Married Francis Horatio Bean in Southampton in 1896.

Margaret Julia    b.1871 Southampton.  Remained a spinster and sailed for Nova Scotia on 29 September 1932.  She died in the town of Bridgewater N.S. on 25th May 1955.

Ethel Catherine    b.1874 Southampton but date of death not known.  Married Frank Blandford in Southampton in 1905.

Bessie Harriet    b. 1876 Southampton and d.1943 London.  Married Henry H. Thomas in Lambeth in 1938.

Robert Franklin    b.1883 Southampton but date of death not known.  Married Maud Harriett Collins in Southampton in 1904. Then appears in Sydney in 1916, as a Private in the 19th Infantry Btn. of the 5th Infantry Brigade, without his wife.  After the war he is seen as a crew member of the RMS Niagara; the vessel spent its time travelling between Australia, Canada and Honolulu.  Robert then appears aboard the vessel Naldera on 15 March 1935, with 3 “colleagues”.  Somewhat mysteriously, all that is written against any of the categories for these 4 gentlemen is “Government”.  Maud remarried in 1924, to Sidney J. Mansfield, in Southampton.

Service History
Frederick was one of 27 people (14 crew and 13 passengers) who lost their life on the Normandy as it made its way from Southampton to Cherbourg.  It was a merchant ship, carrying general cargo and mail to the troops in France.  8 miles off Cape La Hague the vessel was torpedoed by U-90.  Only 13 passengers survived.

U-90 is also known as the submarine that sank the 32,500 tonne USS President Lincoln, an American military transport ship, off Brest.

Frederick’s name is on the Tower Hill Memorial, London, which commemorates
almost 12,000 men and women of the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets who died
in both World Wars and who have no known grave.  As with Southampton’s Cenotaph,
the WWI section of the Tower Hill Memorial was also designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published.: 13th January 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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