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Mrs. Charles Frederick Fowles (Frances May Turner)

Frances May Fowles, 38, was the second wife of Mr. Charles Frederick Fowles.  They lived at 1 West 64th Street, New York City, United States.  Charles was treasurer for Scott & Fowles Co., interior decorators.  She and her husband were traveling aboard Lusitania with Sir Hugh Lane. They were all art connoisseurs. All three of them died when the Lusitania was torpedoed and sunk on 7 May 1915.


Frances May Turner was born sometime in the third quarter of 1876, and her sister Dorothy Elizabeth was born in the fourth quarter of 1882.  Frances' father was Richard Turner, her mother was born Emily Dew, later Minett, and even later Turner.  From Emily's previous marriages Frances had two half-sisters and one half-brother:  Margaret Emily Valentine Minett, born on Valentine's Day in 1863; Florence Mary Dew Minett, born 1864; and Francis Edward Minett, born in 1866. Mr. and Mrs. Fowles crossed the Atlantic several times between 1903 and 1915.  On several of these trips there were some relatives with them, such as Charles' daughter or Frances' sister Dorothy.  In 1912 her sister Dorothy, who was married now with Percy Arthur Smith, was with them.  She also had her son with them Kenneth, then 5 years old. Both Charles and Frances Fowles died on the Lusitania's last voyage.  Their cabin had been B-52.  They had been traveling in the company of Sir Hugh Lane as they shared similar interests in art.  The bodies of Charles and Frances were both recovered.  Her body was #129.

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Search for a Lusitania Victim – by John Walmsley Charles and Frances Fowles at the Mixed Claims Commission
Contributors: Michael Poirier, USA Judith Tavares Hildo Thiel, The Netherlands John Walmsley, Canada References: Hickey, Des and Gus Smith.  Seven Days to Disaster.  G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1981.

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