World War I Honor Roll

Charles T. Daniels

Messman, U.S. Merchant Marine


Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: March 18, 1918
Buried at Sea:

CHARLES THOMAS DANIELS was born around 1894 to Charles and Nellie B. Ross Daniels. He was born and raised in Camden NJ. When the Census was taken in 1900, the family was living at 513 Birch Street in North Camden. The Daniels family then consisted of three children, Charles, George, and baby Elizabeth. A fourth child had died, however, another brother, Samuel, would be born sometime after after 1900. Charles T. Daniels' father then worked as an oilcloth printer. 

The family moved a few years later to 609 Willard Street, and by 1910 to 621 Birch Street. Charles T. Daniels' father was still working as an oilcloth printer in 1910, but by 1914 was working as a clerk at the American Stores grocery at 800 Federal Street.  The Daniels family lived at 615 Pearl Street when the 1914 Camden City Directory was compiled, and later moved to 507 North 6th Street in Camden NJ. By 1917 Charles T. Daniels had married. Charles T. Daniels, wife Florence, and their child  lived at 618 North 6th Street when he registered for the draft on June 5, 1917. He had been working as a "floatman" for the Pennsylvania Railroad in Camden.

Charles T. Daniels went to sea with his younger brother George E. Daniels, a cook, aboard an oil tanker, the SS Atlantic Sun, working in the ship's galley. When the Atlantic Sun was sunk by a German submarine on March 18, 1918, the Daniels brothers took to a lifeboat. The lifeboat was approaching the English shore when the high sea and surf capsized the craft, and Charles Daniels was drowned. His brother survived the sinking.

Charles Daniels was 23 when he was killed, and besides his brother George left his wife Florence, parents Charles and Nellie B. Daniels, sister Elizabeth Daniels Morris, brother Samuel, and a nephew, George Morris, all of 507 North 6th Street, Camden NJ. They were all residing at 507 North 6th Street, along with Elizabeth's husband Ivin Morris and Nellie Daniels' father Clarence Ross in January of 1920.

The Daniels family later moved to 945 Linden Street in North Camden. By 1930 Nellie Daniels was a widow. She was still living at 945 Linden Street, with unmarried sons George and Samuel, widowed brother John Ross, and his children, Nellie and Edward, when the 1930 Federal Census was enumerated. George Daniels later moved to 61 Marlton Avenue in East Camden

Coincidentally, two more ships would carry the name, M.S. Atlantic Sun. The third Atlantic Sun was also the victim of a German submarine. One man from Camden, New Jersey was among those lost, Carlton Harris Strang.

Charles T. Daniels WWI Draft Card

George E. Daniels WWI Draft Card

Charles Daniels (father) WWI Draft Card