Mr Walter Edward Bull

Mr Walter Edward Bull was born in Shanklin, Isle of Wight, Hampshire, England in the closing months of 1875.

He was the son of Walter William Bull (b. 1855), a painter, and Rosa Linington (b. 1856), both natives of Hampshire who were married in 1874. His known siblings were: Roland Charles (b. 1874), George Francis (b. 1877), Arthur (b. 1879), Christian Albert (b. 1880), Grace Rosa (b. 1881), Cicely Kathleen (b. 1883), Margaret (b. 1885), Donald Frank (b. 1887) and Harry (b. 1889). In his early childhood he had spent several years living in Hackney, London where three of his siblings were born.

He appears on the 1881 census living at 1 Newport Road, Newchurch, Isle of Wight. No further census records can be found for Walter. By 1891 his mother was working as a domestic cook at 98 Monkton Street, Ryde, Isle of Wight and claimed to be married. Although not certain, it is likely she was actually widowed by this point and working to provide for her brood who cannot be traced on the 1891 census. By 1901 the family were reunited (save for Walter who is absent and whose whereabouts are unknown, likely working at sea) and living at 46 Prince Street, Ryde, his mother now working as a sick nurse. She would be remarried in 1903 to a man over two decades her junior, Bertram Gibbs (b. 1879), a grocer, and she lived with her new husband at 26 Joseph Street, Gosport. She died in 1924.

Walter was married in 1901 on the Isle of Wight to Edith Jane Carter (b. 27 September 1879), who hailed from Newport, and their only child, a son named Walter William, was born in Ryde in 1904.

Walter does not appear on the 1911 census; his wife is working as a domestic cook at Hardwicke Cottage East Cowes, Isle of Wight whilst his son is listed in the care of his grandmother Rosa Gibbs at 26 Joseph Street, Gosport.

When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, Bull gave his address as 27 Chandos Street, (Southampton) and his age as 30. His last ship had been the Olympic and as a scullion he received monthly wages of £3, 10s.

Walter Bull died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.

His widow and son benefitted from the Titanic Relief Fund; Edith Bull never remarried and later resettled on the Isle of Wight where she died in 1970 aged 91. What became of her son Walter is not clear although it is possible he was married at a young age and raised a family on the Isle of Wight. His final whereabouts are unknown.

References and Sources

Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)

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