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Early Life :The majority of this legend is courtesy of Geoff Cuthill of the Province of West Lancashire, to whom the project is grateful.
Edward was born the second son of John and Marion Sharpe Bramah (nee Smith) in 1877, at Barton on Irwell, Patricroft, in Manchester. In the census of 1881 the family are resident at 62 Green Lane, Barton on Irwell, his parents both age 29, brother David 5 and Edward 3. The census following in 1891 has the family at 183 Fairfield Road, Droylsden, Manchester, also included are siblings Ernest age 8, Horace 6, and Marion 4. Also present are William H and Edmund Smith, brothers in law, and Alice Smith niece age 7. For 1901 the family residence is found to be at 170 Wargrave Road, Newton in Makerfield (also known as Newton le Willows) although David and Edward are not there, although Alice Smith now 17 is still resident, as an Elementary School Teacher.
Edward married Euphemia Wood Alexander in 1903, registered in West Derby, Liverpool, and they were living at Crosby at the time of the 1911 census, at 5 Whitham Avenue, Great Crosby, near Liverpool. Although Edward is not present, probably away at sea, Euphemia is given as age 31, born Bootle, married, and living on private means. The couples two children are given as Marion Alexander Bramah age 4 and Phyllis Alexander Bramah age 1, both born at Waterloo. They also have a domestic servant, Edith Williams, age 19, born in Waterloo, near Liverpool.
- The First World War 1914-1918, World-wide.
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|Action : Natural Causes|
Natural causes is attributed those deaths due to causes that were not directly associated with the war. Included in this are wartime deaths resulting from, for example, theSpanish Influenza pandemic and its associated pneumonia problems and other attributions such as age and exhaustion. It also groups those who through Post Traumatic Stress committed suicide as a result of their experiences.
Notice of Death was given: "Dec 24th 1914, Death at the Royal Southern Hospital Edward beloved husband of Euphemia BRAMAH [2nd son of the late John BRAMAH of Patricroft] Interment at St Luke's Great Crosby, Dec 28th."
The Liverpool Daily Post of the 29th December, 1914 records the detail of his funeral: "Mr. E. Bramah, of 5 Whitham-avenue, Great Crosby, took place yesterday at St. Luke's Church, Great Crosby, before a large and representative gathering of mourners and friends. Mr. Bramah, who was thirty-seven years of age, was an assistant superintendent engineer in the White Star Steamship Company. Prior to the cortege leaving the residence a service was conducted by the Rev. S. R. Jenkins, B.A., minister of the Seaforth Congregational Church, who also officiated at the graveside, the coffin being carried by siex of deceased's brother officers - Mssrs. J. Scott, W. McLachlan, D.M. Leech, W. Thompson, H. Davenport, and W. Fernie of the steamer Megantic.
The chief mourners included Messrs, D. Bramah and H. Bramah (brothers), J.W. Alexander (father in law) J. Alexander, A. Foulds and H. Ashton (brothers in law) E.A. Smith (uncle), A. Boshell, Thomas Foulds (sen). H. Boumphrey and J.F. Gobey (White Star Line), H. Thomson, R. Foulds, W. Foulds, Captain C.F. Lawrenson (White Star Line), Messrs, H. Mellor, C. Tanner, J. Davies and G. Kerr.
Amongst the representatives of the White Star Line were Colonel H Concanon, Messrs A.E. Dargue, W. J. Willett Bruce RNR., R. A. M’Lellan RNR., A. B. Cauty, J. Woodhouse: Captains R.V. Graha, J. Thornton, E Stokoe-Smith; Messrs L.C. Shepley, A.C.C. Kinney RNR., W. Glen, W. Ralph RNR., J.S. Goulding, W.T. Westbury, R.S. Evans and J.A. Harkness.
Others present included Messrs D. Beatson M.I.N.A. (Johnston Line), Walter Campbell and R. Campbell (Railton, Campbell and Crawford), W.A. Bryce and A. Powis (representing the Marine Engineers’ Association, Griffith Owen and S.G. Oakley (also representing Arthur J Maccabe, steamer Saxonia), J Imray, J Scott, John Davies, H Davies, H.C. Murdock, J.R M’Kay (Red Star Line), J.H. Wilson, J Jordan, T Hurst, J.C. Nurray, W Rose, Captain Andrews, Mssrs T Hodson, W.C. Davies, N Thompson, -. Hampton, R Maddocks, O Francis, A Sinclair, W Coventry, R Milliken, A Walker, G Smith, E Hedworth, J Oastler, D Galloway, J.F. Cryer and others.
The arrangements were entrusted to Messrs John Waugh and Sons of 407 Scotland Road, Liverpool, and 28 Curzon-road, waterloo."
A full report of the mourners has been included as it shows the custom of the day, no mention of any female involvement at the funeral. It also shows the good and the great in attendance and is near to a military funeral as the merchant navy gets.
ProbateBRAMAH Edward of 5 Whitham-avenue Great Crosby near Liverpool died 24 December 1914 at the Royal Southern Hospital Liverpool Administration Liverpool 15 January to Euphemia Wood Bramah widow. Effects £704 2s.
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|Mother :||Kirkdale No. 1756 E.C.||West Lancashire|
27th January 1909
27th April 1909
28th July 1909
Edward Bramah was proposed for membership into Kirkdale Lodge No 1756 on 23 December 1908 proposed Bro Thomas seconder (believed to be) W.Bro John Phenna PM and initiated on 27 January 1909, a Chief Engineer, aged 31 years of 28 Cambridge Road, Great Crosby. Passed to the second degree on 27 April 1909, and raised, back in Kirkdale Lodge, on 27 July, his Grand Lodge certificate was issued on 20 October1909. A note in the lodge record has Edward taking his second degree at Valley St John Lodge in Brisbane, Australia.
His brother David, also a ships engineer was initiated into Fairfield Lodge No 2290 on 14 March 1905.
Listed as 31 year old Chief Engineer and resident at Great Crosby in 1909. The contribution record shows he "Died 24 Dec 1914."
The project globally acknowledges the following as sources of information for research across the whole database:
- The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- The (UK) National Archives
- Ancestry.co.uk - Genealogy, Family Trees & Family History online
- ugle.org.uk - The records of the United Grand Lodge of England including the Library and Museum of Freemasonry
- Founder Researchers : Paul Masters & Mike McCarthy
- Researcher : Bruce Littley
Researcher : Geoff Cuthill