George Bulkeley Ede was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England in 1889 and his birth was registered in the September quarter of that year. He was the son of Arthur George Ede (1865-1935) and Ruth Nutburn (1866-1917), Southampton natives who were married in 1888.
George had six siblings: Catherine Maud (b. 1891), Evelyn Lucy May (b. 1894), Leonard Arthur John (b. 1897), Harold Gordon (b. 1899), Edward Basil (b. 1902) and Phyllis Dora (b. 1905).
The family are living at 19 Cambridge Road, St Mary Southampton on the 1891 census and George's father is indicated to have been living on his own means. His father, a councillor for the St Denys Ward of Southampton, came from a privileged background of West Indies planters. By the time of the 1901 census the family are living at "Bulkeley House", Manor Farm Road, South Stoneham and are still at this address by the time of the 1911 census, although George is absent, perhaps already at sea.
When George signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as Manor Farm Road, Southampton and his birthplace as Surrey. His last ship had been the Olympic. As a third class steward he received monthly wages of £3 15s.
George Ede died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified. He is commemorated on his parents' headstone in Southampton Old Cemetery:
beloved son, George B Ede.
Lost in the foundering of
S.S. Titanic, aged 23 years"
George's father and mother continued to live at "Bulkeley House", Manor Farm Road. His mother passed away in 1917. When his father died on 19 June 1935 he left an estate worth £9823 15s 10d. George's last surviving sibling was Phyllis Dora who died unmarried in Southampton in 1983.
References and Sources
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Gavin Bell, UK
Peter Engberg-Klarström, Sweden