Ernest Edward Gradidge was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England in early 1890 and his birth was registered in the first quarter of that year. He was the son of Stephen John Gradidge (1857) and Eliza Ann Petty (1852-1896), both Hampshire-natives who had married in Southampton in 1880.
Ernest had four known siblings: Stephen John (b. 1881), Henry James (b. 1883), William Charles (b. 1885), Edith Florence (b. 1887) and Margaret Ellen (b. 1892).
Ernest first appears on the 1891 census when he and his family were living at 49 Cossack Street, Southampton and his father was described as a gas worker. His mother passed away in 1896. On the 1901 census Ernest and his family are living at 22 Bellevue Street, his father still a gas worker. His father was remarried later in 1901 to widow Agnes Oswin, née Hayward, who had two children, Eva and Percy.
On the 1911 census Ernest's family are listed as living at 44 Radcliffe Road, Northam, Southampton although Ernest is absent, perhaps already at sea.
When Ernest signed on to the Titanic on April 6, 1912, he gave his address as 44 Radcliffe Road (Northam) and his previous ship as the Atrato. As a fireman he could expect to earn monthly wages of £6.
Ernest was lost in the Titanic disaster. His body was recovered by the Mackay-Bennett and was buried at Fairview Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia on 6 May 1912.
© Bill Fowler, Canada.
NO. 276. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 30. VERY FAIR HAIR AND MOUSTACHE.
CLOTHING - Green suit; mourning band; flannel shirt.
EFFECTS - Pipe; key; padlock; purse; three shillings; British Seafarer Union Book, No. 560.
NAME - C. GRADIAGE,
Ernest is remembered on a memorial tablet in St Augustine's Church, Southampton. His father later moved to Bromley, Kent and died there aged 82 in 1939.
References and Sources
United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List
Donald Hyslop, Alastair Forsyth and Sheila Jemima (1997) Titanic Voices: Memories from the Fateful Voyage, Sutton Publishing, Southampton City Council. ISBN 0 7509 1436 X
Susan Wels (1997) Titanic: The Worlds Greatest Ocean Liner, Crew list by Michael Findley
White Star Line (1912.) Record of Bodies and Effects (Passengers and Crew S.S. "Titanic") Recovered by Cable Steamer "MacKay Bennett" Including Bodies Buried at Sea and Bodies Delivered at Morgue in Halifax, N.S.
Gavin Bell, UK
Bill Wormstedt, USA