Edward James William Rogers was born in Woolwich, Kent, England on 9 September 1880. He was the son of Robert James Rogers (1852-1935) and Priscilla Susannah Bagley (1854-1928). His father was from Portsmouth, Hampshire and his mother from Birmingham, Warwickshire and they had married in London in 1876. Edward had a total of nine siblings, of which are known are: Alice (b. 1877), Harriet (b. 1884), Nellie (b. 1886), Robert (b. 1887), Lilly (b. 1888), Arthur (b. 1894) and Walter (b. 1895).
On the 1881 census the family are living at 3 Elizabeth Terrace, Robert Street, East Ham, Essex and his father is described as a bricklayer. They are living at 18 Robert Street, East Ham on both the 1891 and 1901 censuses but Edward is absent from the latter, perhaps already at sea.
Edward was married in Bootle, Lancashire on June 30, 1901 to Elizabeth Matthews (b. 1878 in Newlyn, Cornwall). Their three children were all born in Lancashire: Edward James (b. May 2, 1902), Arthur Vernon (b. May 28, 1906) and Norman Robert (b. March 28, 1910). On the 1911 census Edward and his family are living at 20 Leicester Road, Bootle and Edward is by now described as an insurance agent.
When he signed on to the Titanic, on 10 April 1912, he gave his address as 120 Oxford Avenue, Southampton and his previous ship as the Olympic. As a storekeeper he could expect to earn monthly wages of £3 15s. His cousin Edward Henry Bagley, son of his maternal uncle Edward Bagley, was a saloon steward on Titanic.
Edward, like his cousin, was lost in the disaster. His body, was recovered by the Mackay-Bennett (#282) and was buried at Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 8 May 1912.
NO. 282. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 32. - DARK.
CLOTHING - Uniform jacket and trousers; green shirt; black coat; bandage on left leg.
TATTOO - Right arm, butterfly.
EFFECTS - Discharge 'A' book; ring with red stone; 15 cents and tobacco pouch.
NAME - EDWARD J. W. ROGERS
His wife later benefitted from the Titanic Relief Fund, but what became of her is uncertain. His son Norman died in 1984 in Brighton. What became of his other two sons is also uncertain.
Edward Rogers and his cousin Edward Bagley 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