Henry "Harry" Brewer was born in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England around 1882. His exact background is unclear.
He was married to Edith Wordon but there is no record for their marriage. Edith was born in Lambeth, London on 24 January 1894. She appears on the 1911 census as a domestic servant and bottle washer lodging at 21 Houndwell Gardens, All Saints, Southampton.
When he signed on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, Harry gave his address as 27 Palmerston Road, (Southampton). His previous ship had been the St Paul and as a trimmer he could expect monthly wages of £5, 10s.
Harry Brewer died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified. His wife, who had been pregnant at the time, gave birth to a son on 6 July 1912, Harry Marks Brewer.
Edith Brewer was remarried early in 1913 to William Edward James Prewitt (b. 1888 in Southampton), a boilermaker. The couple later lived at 92 Manor Road, Itchen and would have four children whilst living in Southampton : Dorothy Edith Alexandra Victoria (b. 1914), Reginald William George (b. 1918), Ronald Hector (b. 1920) and Joseph Roland Harold Clifford (b. 1923). The family left England on 23 October 1925 on board the White Star steamer Doric bound for Québec. They appear to have lived in Canada for some time in Welland, Ontario and Edith and William had another child, a son named Vernon Lincoln Edward in early 1928. The entire family crossed into the USA 30 November 1928 and initially settled in New York, appearing on the 1930 census living in Tonawanda, Erie before showing up on the 1940 census living in Manhattan.
Edith Prewitt, née Wordon, formerly Brewer, was widowed in 1981. She herself passed away in Madison, Florida on 29 May 1991.
His son Harry Marks Brewer also settled in Florida. He died on 1 September 2001.
Gavin Bell, UK