Edward Henry Bagley was born in West Ham, Essex, England on 4 March 1879. He was the son of Edward Bagley (1856-1898) and Lucy Ann Longhurst (1861-1884). His father was from Birmingham and his mother from Monmouthshire, Wales and they were married in 1878 in Woolwich, London.
On the 1881 census Edward and his parents are living at 25 Albert Road, Woolwich. His father was described as a general labourer. Edward's mother died in 1884 aged 23. On the 1891 census Edward and his father are living with his paternal grandmother Mary Bagley at 75 Elizabeth Street, and Edward is described as a schoolboy. His father passed away in 1898 aged 42.
Edward does not appear on the 1901 census, perhaps already having commenced a career at sea. He was married in West Ham, Essex in 1909 to Edith Lily Inward (b. 1885 in Silvertown, Essex). Their son child Edward Henry was born on September 17, 1910.
On the 1911 census Edward is absent but his wife and son are living at 105 Oxford Avenue, Southampton.
When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as 11 Woodside Road, (Southampton). As a first class steward he received monthly wages of £3 15s. His last ship had been the Oceanic. Also serving alongside him was his cousin Edward James William Rogers, son of his paternal aunt Priscilla Susannah Bagley.
Bagley died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.
Edward's widow was remarried in Romford, Essex in 1914 to Charles J. Symes but what became of her thereafter is not certain. His son was married in Romford in 1939 to Winnie Irene Burgess (1915-2005) and they had one son, David. He died in Havering, Essex in 1999.
Edward Bagley and his cousin Edward Rogers are remembered on a family headstone in St Mary Magdalene Church, East Ham:
"Also Edward James William
son of the Above
aged 31 years
Also Edward Henry Bagley
Nephew of the above, aged 33years,
who lost their lives in the Titanic Disaster
April 15th 1912.
OUT OF THE DEEP I
CALL TO THEE O LORD TO THEE
BEFORE THY THRONE OF GRACE
I FALL BE MERCIFUL TO ME. "