Charles Sydney Ellis Bartlett was born at Acton, London on the 5th September 1899, the only son of Charles Alfred Bartlett and his wife Edith Kate (nee Ellis). His parents were married at St.Botolph without Bishopsgate C.of E. Church in the City on London in 1898.
 
Edith Kate Ellis was born at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk in 1876.
 
Her husband, Charles Alfred Bartlett senior was born in London in 1868, the illegitimate son of Captain Sir John Sydney Webb and Miss Ellen Bartlett, who came from a family of Brixham trawlermen. He was known affectionately as 'Iceberg Charlie' due to his alleged ability to detect icebergs.
 
He joined the White Star Line in 1894 serving aboard the Germanic, Doric, Gothic, Teutonic, Oceanic and the Georgic and Celtic.
 
In 1900 the Bartlett family had moved to Merseyside and were living at 7 Thorpes Lane, Crosby at the time of the 1901. Their daughter Eileen was born on the 6th April 1902.
 
They lived in a variety of houses in the Crosby area; Coronation Road, Winstanley Road, Regent Road, Victoria Road and Rabbit Road.
 
In 1903 he was given his first command as captain of the Armenian (a cargo vessel, run by White Star's subsidiary company, Leyland Line), but he was soon promoted and given command of a number of White Star's premier passenger liners including Germanic, Gothic, Republic, Cymric, Romanic and Cedric.
Charles Sydney Ellis Bartlett was killed on the 13th May 1915, aged just fifteen, whilst serving aboard the battleship H.M.S. Goliath.
 
She was sunk by Turkish torpedoes in the Dardanelles with the loss of 570 of the 700-strong crew. She was part of the Allied fleet which had supported the landing at X and Y Beaches during the first landings at Cape Helles just a few weeks earlier on 25th April.  
 
By the time war broke out Charles Bartlett senior had taken a management position with the White Star Line and was Marine Superintendent at Liverpool. He was quickly back at sea, and was promoted to Commodore R.N.R. and made a Companion of the Order of the Bath.
 
He was in command of H.M.H.S. Britannic when she was struck an underwater mine off the Greek island of Kea, on the morning of 21st November 1916, and sank with the loss of 30 lives.
 
Captain Bartlett returned to his shore-job as Marine Superintendent. For a time he served as aide-de-camp to King George V. In 1921, Bartlett was made a Commander of the British Empire and was a founder of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners and Vice-President of the King George Fund for Sailors.
 
During the 1920s and 30s the Bartletts lived at Marine Terrace, Waterloo and later in a large house Lynwood, The Serpentine South, Blundellsands.
 
Captain Bartlett retired as Marine Superintendent of the White Star Line on 31st December 1931 and spent his last years living at 31 Warwick Avenue, Crosby. He died in Park House Nursing Home, Waterloo on 15th February 1945 aged seventy-six years. Probate of his estate was obtained at Llandudno by his widow Edith Kate on the 30th April 1945. His effects were valued at 2,971 11s 11d. (77,000 at current values.)
 
Edith Kate Bartlett died in Suffolk later the same year.
 
Their daughter Eileen Bartlett married George Forrester Fairbairn at St Nicholas' C.of E. Church, Blundellsands in 1929. They had four children; George Ellis (born 1930), Diana B (born 1932), David R (born 1934) and Charles A (born 1934).
 
Her husband had also been bereaved in the war. His older brothers, Arthur West Fairbairn and William Ritchie Fairbairn, were both killed on the 15th May 1915 whilst serving with the 6th Battalion King's Liverpool Regiment.
 
George Forrester Fairbairn died at Torquay in 1966 and Eileen Fairbairn (nee Bartlett) died in Oxfordshire in 1988.