If you have not already done so you can view the information we have on your uncle on this web-site by typing Willey into the Surname Search box on the opening page of this web-site. - Unfortunately all it gives is age, occupation, where from, ticket number [SO/PP 751] and where he was going to.
He was not travelling on the same ticket as William Mellors - [Ticket number SW/PP 751].
It is my understanding that no death certificate could be issued as a death at sea had to be certified by the ship's captain and with Titanic the captain also died.
Someone with better knowledge of the Relief Fund may be able to expand on this, but your mention of a grant prompted me to look at my copy of the THS booklet: The Titanic Relief Fund. Under cases in the Exeter area the grandparents of P376 Welley received £5.5/-. Since Drayton is in Somerset, which is not too far from Exeter I think P376 Welley, will be your uncle.
Re:, Edward Willey, 19 year farm labourer from Drayton, Somerset.( ticket no. S.O./P.P.751,£7.11s )
Edward, who was en route to Shenectardy, New York State, did not survive the sinking and in ET is recorded as a third class passenger. However, in the same document he is described as a "travelling companion on the same ticket as William Mellors, also 19.
In a graphic account of his survival in a letter to Dorothy Ockenden William decribes how he was woken up by "the young chap who shared my cabin with me (who) came and began to yell out that the ship had struck an iceberg." What is the explanation for them to be travelling together and was "the chap" Edward Willey?Any ideas?
Graham Edward Willey.
P.S. Although we share names, and my ancestors came from near to Drayton, I do not claim a relationship to Edward. The name Willey was (is) believe it or not, quite common in the Street/Drayton area of Somerset.
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