Mr Gustaf Hjalmar Edvardsson was born 17 December 1893 in Ljungby, Kronoberg, Sweden.
He was the son of Edvard Johansson (b. 1856), a farmer, and Maria Bengtsdotter (b. 1860) and brother to Carl Emil Bernhard (b. 1890). His mother died when he was still young and his father remarried to Emma Kristina Andersdotter (b. 1870) and had two daughters, Ellen Teresia Charlotta (b. 1906) and Lily Amanda Sofia (b. 1910). The family lived at Tofta, Ljungby and Gustaf was unmarried.
His brother Carl had already emigrated, arriving in New York aboard Mauretania on 6 May 1910. Gustaf decided to make the crossing himself and was travelling with his cousin Ernst Aronsson. He left Ljungby on 30 March 1912 and both men were destined for the home Aronson's brother Claes Bengtsson at 200 Ridgewood Avenue, Joliet, Illinois. They boarded the Titanic at Southampton as third class passengers (ticket number 349912 which cost £7, 15s ,6d ). Both men lost their lives in the sinking and their bodies were never found.
The Mansion House Fund paid 875:52 Kr (348) to parents and 911 Kr (£50) to his sisters. A further 1663.20 Kr in damage claims were paid on 5 October 1914. His father would die less than two years after the disaster and his brother Carl later returned from America.
References and Sources
Mansion House Titanic Relief Fund Booklets and Minute Books
Claes-Göran Wetterholm (1988, 1996, 1999) Titanic. Prisma, Stockholm. ISBN 91 518 3644 0
Gavin Bell, UK
Claes-Göran Wetterholm, Sweden
Leif Snellman, Finland