About Charles Eugene Williams
Marriages Sep 1910
- Wilkins Lois Kensington 1a 488
- Williams Charles Kensington 1a 488
- Name: Mr Charles Eugene Williams
- Born: Saturday 28th July 1888
- Age: 23 years
- Last Residence: in Harrow England
- Occupation: Sportsman
- 2nd Class passenger
- First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
- Ticket No. 244373 , £13
- Destination: Chicago Illinois United States
- Rescued (boat 14)
- Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
- Died: Sunday 27th October 1935
Mr Charles Eugene Williams from Harrow, England boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a second class passenger (ticket number 244373, £13). Williams was a squash racquets player. According to contemporary reports he and was travelling to New York to defend his title.
Williams told reporters that he had left the squash racquet court at 10.30p.m. and had gone to the smoking room. When he heard the crash he rushed out and saw the iceberg which he said rose a hundred feet above the deck. The iceberg broke up amidships and drifted away.
Williams said he jumped as far as he could from the side of the Boat Deck on the starboard side. He added that the boat he had to stand in water up to his knees in the boat that finally picked him up.
As he is not among the known survivors of boat A or B that match this description it is more likely that he got into lifeboat 14 when it was lowered from the deck (1).
Mr Peterman, hon. secretary of the Racquets Association, stated last night that he recieved a cable from Williams, the professional racquets champion, who was on board the Titanic. Williams was to have played a match in New York against G. Standing on April 29 for the championship of the world. The cable reads: "Match postponed; return next week. Williams." Daily Sketch, 20 April 1912
1. It is possible that he has been confused with Richard Norris Williams who was rescued in Collapsible A.
- Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55)
- The Times (London), 20 April 1912
- Daily Sketch (London), 20 April 1912
- Jay Henry Mowbray (ed.) (1998) Sinking of the Titanic, Eyewitness Accounts. Dover Publications, Mineaola, N.Y. ISBN 0 486 40298 3
LEAPS FROM THE SHIP Chicago Daily Journal - Friday 19 April 1912
Charles Williams, the racquet coach at Harrow, England, who is the professional champion of the world , was coming to New York to defend his title, said he was in the smoking room when the boat struck. He rushed out, saw the iceberg, which seemed to loom above the deck over 100 feet. It broke up amidships and floated away. He jumped from the boat deck on the starboard side as far away from the steamer as possible. He was nine hours in the small boat, standing in water to his knees. He said the sailors conducted themselves admirably.
Chicago Daily Journal, Friday, April 19, 1912, p. 2, c. 7
Charles Eugene Williams's Timeline
July 28, 1888
October 27, 1935