Bertram Terrell 1 was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England in late 1893.
He was the son of James Laten Terrell (b. 1852), a house painter and Sarah Ann Greenham (b. 1858). His father was native to Southampton and his mother to Weymouth, Dorset; the couple were married in Southampton in 1879 and went on to have thirteen children, losing two in infancy. Bertram's known siblings were: Percy James (b. 1879), Thomas James Peter (b. 1881), Alice Laura (b. 1883), Frank (b. 1884), Ernest George (b. 1886), Louisa (b. 1888), Walter (b. 1889), Alfred (b. 1891), Mabel (b. 1895), Arthur (b. 1897) and Cecil (b. 1900).
Bertram first appears on the 1901 census and is shown living with his family at 2 Trinity Cottages, St Mary, Southampton, an address he would remain at for the rest of his life. He seemingly went to sea at a young age and by the time of the 1911 census was described as a ship's boy, still living at home and unmarried. Sadly his mother passed away before the end of the year.
When he signed on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as 2 Trinity Cottages, (Southampton). His previous ship had been the Oceanic and as a seaman he could expect monthly wages of £5. Also serving aboard was his elder brother Frank, as a saloon steward.
Bertram Terrell died in the sinking; his body, if recovered, was never identified. His brother Frank survived the disaster.
His widowed father continued to live in Southampton where he died in 1922.
- Spelling of name varies. Birth registration gives the name as Tyrell and other family members are listed as Terrill or Turrell
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