Mr Arthur Victor Edwards Burrage was born in Warnham, Billingshurst, Sussex, England on 4 August 1891, later being baptised on 27 September the same year.
He was son of Alfred Burrage (1858-1940), a gamekeeper, and Elizabeth Ann Richardson (1860-1941), Horsham natives who had married in 1880 who went on to have ten children, losing one in infancy.
Burrage's surviving siblings were: Alfred Henry Richardson (1883-1966), Ethel May (b. 1885), Sydney Albert (b. 1887), Kathleen Marion (b. 1889), Emily Frances (b. 1894), Percy George (b. 1896), Nelly Gladys (b. 1898) and Winifred Lottie (b. 1902).
Percy's parents originally settled in Claygate, Surrey where they began their family, moving to Warnham, Billingshurst not long before Arthur's birth. By the time of the 1901 census the family are living at Ivy Cottage, Church Hill, South Street, Billingshurt and are still at this address for the 1911 census where Arthur is listed as an unmarried agricultural engineer.
When he signed-on to the Titanic on 4 April 1912 Burrage gave his address as 9 Emsworth Road, Southampton. His previous ship had been the Oceanic and as a plate steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s.
Burrage survived the sinking, possible escaping in lifeboat 13.
Arthur continued to work at sea and served in the Merchant Fleet during the First World War; he was also in the Royal Naval Reserve but it is not clear if he ever saw any active service. He would later serve at sea aboard Majestic, Arabic, Cedric and Homeric, among other ships.
He was married in Croydon in 1923 to Lillian Florence Foot (b. 1885 in Hampshire). The couple, who remained childless, later moved to Poole, Dorset and lived at Wimborne Road in later years. Arthur was widowed on 4 February 1951. He passed away only a few months later on 6 December 1951 aged 60, leaving an estate worth £10, 638, 9s, 6d.
References and SourcesAgreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966