Sick Berth Steward Charles Randall
Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.
Charles Randall was born on the 26th of May 1882 in Redhill, Surrey to domestic servant Caroline Randall.
Charles’ mother Caroline Randall was born in the 1st quarter of 1853 in Reigate, Surrey to licenced victualler William Randall, born about 1822 in St Lawrence, Kent, and Mary Randall, born about 1823 in Clerkenwell, Middlesex. Caroline was baptised on the 16th of March 1853 at St Mary’s church in Reigate.
Charles’ maternal uncle William Randall was born about 1847 in Reigate, Surrey and was baptised on the 22nd of December 1847 at St Mary’s church in Reigate.
At the time of the 1861 Census, the family lived at Brook Street, Reigate Foreign, Surrey. Mary Randall was a bailiff’s wife and was looking after their children: William, Caroline, Emily, Edward and Frank.
At the time of the 1871 Census, the family lived at High Street, Reigate Foreign. William Randall snr was working as a butler and Mary was at home looking after their children: baker William, Edward, Frank and Charlotte.
Charles’ maternal uncle William Randall married Mary Ann Stevens in the 3rd quarter of 1874 in the Registration District of Reigate.
Mary Ann Stevens was born about 1852 in Brighton, Sussex.
The couple had nine children. Five are known: Emily Randall born on the 15th of September 1874 in Redhill, Surrey; Flora Randall born on the 15th of November 1878 in Reigate, Surrey; William Randall born in the 4th quarter of 1880 in Reigate, Surrey; Rhoda Randall born on the 4th of February 1883 in Reigate, Surrey and Nelly/Nellie Randall born on the 19th of October 1888 in Reigate, Surrey.
At the time of the 1881 Census, Charles’ mother Caroline Randall was a general servant of Marianne Maitland, an India office pensioner at Park Road, Reigate Foreign.
At the time of the 1881 Census, Charles’ uncle William Randall’s family lived at Holmesdale Road, Reigate Foreign, Surrey. William was working as a contractor’s clerk and Mary Ann was looking after their children: Emily, Flora, and William. The family further comprised of a lodger, railway porter, Arthur Gallaway.
Charles Randall was born on the 26th of May 1882 in Redhill, Surrey to Caroline Randall.
The 1886 National School Admission Register reads that Charles Randall was admitted into St Mark’s Church of English School Reigate for infants on the 24th of May 1886. He lived at Holmesdale Road in Reigate and his parent is stated to be William. This could refer to Charles’ uncle William Randall whose five children attended the same school and also lived at Holmesdale Road.
Charles’ sister Annie Randall was born in the 4th quarter of 1889 in Redhill, Surrey.
At the time of the 1891 Census, Caroline and her children Charles and Annie were pauper inmates of the Reigate Union Workhouse. Caroline was working as a domestic servant.
At the time of the 1891 Census, William Randall, Charles’ uncle, lived with his family at Holmesdale Road, Reigate Foreign, Surrey. William was working as a packer and Mary Ann was looking after their children: Flora, William, Rhoda and Nelly/Nellie.
Charles’ uncle William Randall was buried on the 30th of November 1893 at St Mary’s church in Reigate. At the time of his death he lived at 47 Holmesdale Road, Reigate.
Charles’ mother Caroline Randall married the widower George Holt by Banns on the 31st March 1894 at St John the Baptist church in Okewood. At the time of the marriage, the couple lived at Forest Green & Okewood.
Charles’ cousin Emily Randall married John Salmons by Banns on the 28th of December 1898 at St Mark and St Philip church in Reigate. John Salmons lived at Station Cottage in Reigate and was working as a railway signalman. Emily was living with her family at 58 Holmesdale Road in Reigate.
Charles Randall enrolled into the Royal Navy as a Sick Berth Steward on the 9th of August 1900. His service number was: 350844(CH).
Prior to his enrolment Charles was working as a driver. He was over 5ft tall, had light hair, blue eyes and a fair complexion.
Charles Randall firstly served at the Royal Naval Hospital Haslar from the 9th of August 1900 to the 3rd of April 1901. Throughout his career he also served at the Chatham Naval Hospital and aboard various ships: HMS Pembroke, HMS Wildfire, HMS Caledonia, HMS Pembroke I, HMS Egeria, HMS Hogue, HMS Hearty and HMS Vulcan.
At the time of the 1901 Census, Charles Randall was a Sick Berth Steward at the Royal Naval Hospital Haslar, Alverstoke, Hampshire. He was 19 years old.
At the time of the 1901 Census, Charles’ mother Caroline Holt lived with her husband, general labourer, George Holt at The Cottages, Forest Green, Abinger, Surrey. The household further comprised of boarders: bricklayer Charles Stevens and general labourer Alfred Moore.
At the time of the 1901 Census, Charles’ aunt Mary Ann Randall and her children: photographic assistant William and Nelly/Nellie lived at 4 Mark Street in Reigate, Surrey. Mary Ann was working as a laundry woman.
Caroline Holt died in 1904 and she was buried on the 16th of May 1904 at the Dorking Municipal Cemetery.
On the 5th of February 1909 Charles was awarded £10 in view of his services, while in sole medical charge of the HMS Egeria ‘owing to absence of surgeon through illness’. Charles served on the HMS Egeria from the 27th of February 1907 to the 31st of March 1910.
At the time of the 1911 Census, Charles Randall was a Sick Berth Steward on the HMS Hogue. Charles served on the HMS Hogue from the 12th of October 1910 to the 13th of November 1912.
At the time of the 1911 Census, Charles’ aunt, laundry woman, Mary Ann Randall still lived at 4 Mark Street in Reigate, Surrey. The household further comprised of a lodger, policy groundsman, Alfred Warren. Mary Ann stated that she had given birth to nine children, of whom five were still alive. The accommodation had five rooms.
Charles served at the Chatham Hospital in Kent from the 9th of December 1912 to the 27th of January 1913, aboard the HMS Pembroke I from the 28th of January 1913 to the 28th of January 1913 and aboard the HMS Vulcan from the 9th of January to the 30th of July 1916.
The HMS Vulcan was from 1915 used as a submarine depot ship.
Charles Randall died from poisoning on the 30th of July 1916 aboard the HMS Vulcan. An inquest into his death returned a verdict of self-poisoning while not being of sound mind. The 1916 Hull Daily Mail newspaper reads that: ‘the death took place at Immingham late last night of Charles Randall, a ship’s steward, apparently from poisoning. He was found frothing at the mouth, and his lips were burned by corrosive fluid.’
Charles was buried on the 4th of August 1916 at the Dorking Municipal Cemetery. His grave registration number is: 6.6372. He was 34 years old.
Charles’ next of kin was his cousin Emily Salmon[s] nee Randall of 11 Station Road, Dorking.
Charles Randall of Redhill, Surrey left £119, 18s and 9d in soldier’s effects.
Born Redhill, Surrey
Son of Caroline Randall
Regiment Royal Navy, H.M.S. “Vulcan”
Date of Death 30th July 1916
Cause of Death Poisoning
Place of Death Port of Immingham, Lincolnshire
Cemetery Dorking Cemetery