In April 1912, Charles Sedgwick, a 25-year-old engineer from Liverpool, had been married for only a week to Adelaide. They were about to emigrate from London to Mexico City, where Charles had been hired to run the municipal waterworks.
They were taking along Leslie Radcliffe, their adventurous 11-year-old nephew. But at the last minute, the escalating violence of the Mexican revolution made it too dangerous for the woman and the boy. Sedgwick booked second-class passage on the new White Star luxury liner Titanic by himself, intending to send for his loved ones later.
His body was never recovered.