Bertram Arthur Noss was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England in late 1891 and his birth was registered in the first quarter of the 1892. He was the son of William Noss (b. 1861) and Mary Ellen Edgar (b. 1868).
His father William, a postman and native of Southampton, was married in 1887 to Weymouth, Dorset native Mary Ellen Edgar, going on to produce six children, five living past infancy: William Edgar (1887-`947), Reginald John (1890-1956), Henry James (1889-1890), Bertram Arthur (1891-1912), Mabel Ellen (b. 1894) and Percival Charles (1896-1962).
(Chris Dohany, USA)
In the months prior to Bertram's birth his parents were listed on the 1891 census living at 28 Priory Road, South Stoneham. Bertram first appears on the 1901 census when the family were listed at 23 Brintons Road, St Mary, Southampton. By the time of the 1911 census Bertram and his family were living at 8 St Peter;s Road, Southampton and he was described as a ship's fireman in the merchant service. His three brothers, William, Reginald and Percival, had followed in their father's footsteps and were working for the GPO, Reginald as a postman and Percival as a telegraph messenger. His eldest brother William was a telegraphist and joined the Royal Navy, listed as working in China on the 1911 census.
When Bertram signed-on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as 8 St. Peters Road, (Southampton). His last ship had been the Olympic. As a fireman he received monthly wages of £6.
His uncle Henry Noss, younger brother of his father, was also a fireman on the Titanic.
Bertram Noss died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.
His mother and father continued to live in Southampton. His father died in 1917 and his mother in 1923.
References and Sources
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Gavin Bell, UK