Citing his birthday reminds me ....the sinking date of the Titanic is coming up soon.1912 woulda been around the same era when Charlie woulda come to America with the Fred Karno troupe. Maybe his shop left outta Southampton too. Or was it that the Titanic sank enroute to there from Liverpool?
I think the Titanic sailed from Southampton. Speaking of Syd and sinking ships, he was almost on the Andrea Doria, which sank in 1956. He had been refused an extension on his return permit so he came back to America earlier than he had planned. According to Syd, if they had received the extension: "we would have been on the liner when she sank."