Charles John Pardew was born in Plymouth, Devon, England, on 29th August 1857, the son of Andrew James Walter and Emily Selina Pardew. He joined the Royal Navy as a stoker, and later transferred to the Mercantile Marine. On 5th February 1879, he married Sarah Ann Harding Linscott, and the couple had two children, Beatrice and Ada. By 1915, Beatrice and Ada had married and Charles and Sarah Ann lived together at 26 Liverpool Road, Canning Town, London.
On 30th April 1915, at New York, Charles engaged as a fireman in the Engineering Department on board the
Lusitania, at a monthly rate of pay of £6-10s-00d, (£6.50). He actually engaged under the alias of Charles John Scott and was killed when the liner was sunk.
According to his widow in an affidavit sworn before Justice of the Peace Richard White in London on 19th July 1915 and supported by a lifelong friend Henry Fennell, he had used this alias since about 1894. Apparently, he had once sailed from Australia in a ship named the Charles Scott and had decided to adopt that name for his service in the Mercantile Marine, thereafter.
On 8th January 1915, he had engaged on a ship named the Ultonia, as a greaser, at Cunard’s Dock Street Offices in London, from which he had been subsequently transferred to the
The purpose of Sarah Pardew’s affidavit was to establish that her husband, under his alias, was truly lost when the Cunarder was sunk and the company had accepted this to be the case, when they paid £300.00 into Liverpool County Court as compensation.
As Charles Pardew’s body was not recovered and identified afterwards, he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London.
When he engaged, as well as giving the false name of Scott, he also stated that he was 60 years of age, whereas he was actually 57.
In August of the same year, he was officially discharged from the last voyage of the
Lusitania and his widow was paid the balance of wages owed to him, in respect of his service on board the
Lusitania from 30th April 1915, until 8th May, 24 hours after the vessel had gone down! In addition, The Liverpool and London War Risks Insurance Association Limited granted a yearly pension to Sarah Ann Pardew which amounted to £15-11s-1d. (£15.55½p.) which was payable at the rate of £1-6s-0d. (£1.30p.) per month.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1861 Census of England and Wales, 1871 Census of England and Wales, 1881 Census of England and Wales, 1891 Census of England and Wales, 1901 Census of England and Wales, 1911 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, PRO BT 100/345, UniLiv D92/6/1, UniLiv. PR 13/24, PRO BT 334.