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Ernest Edward Gradidge

Mr Ernest Edward Gradidge was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England on 6 December 1889.

He was the son of Stephen John Gradidge (b. 1857), a gas worker, and Eliza Ann Petty (b. 1852), both Hampshire-natives who had married in Southampton in 1880.

Ernest had four known siblings: Stephen John (1881-1911), Henry James (1883-1930), William Charles (1885-1961), Edith Florence1 (1887-1939) and Margaret Ellen2 (1891-1961).

Ernest first appears on the 1891 census when he and his family were living at 49 Cossack Street, Southampton. He would lose his mother in 1896 and on the 1901 census Ernest and his remaining family were living at 22 Bellevue Street, his father still a gas worker. His father was remarried later in 1901 to widow Agnes Oswin, née Hayward, who had two children, Eva and Percy.

On the 1911 census, Ernest's family are listed as living at 44 Radcliffe Road, Northam, Southampton although Ernest is absent, already at sea. Prior to joining the Merchant Service, he had enlisted in the Royal Navy Reserves sometime around 1908. 

When Ernest signed on to the Titanic on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as 44 Radcliffe Road, Northam and his previous ship as the Atrato. As a fireman, he could expect to earn monthly wages of £6. When he joined the ship his family were still reeling from the loss of his eldest brother Stephen, also a merchant seaman, who accidentally drowned in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 26 December 1911.

Ernest was lost in the Titanic disaster; his body was recovered by the Mackay-Bennett and was buried at Fairview Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia on 6 May 1912.

© Bill Fowler, Canada.


CLOTHING - Green suit; mourning band; flannel shirt.

EFFECTS - Pipe; key; padlock; purse; three shillings; British Seafarer Union Book, No. 560.


Ratcliff Road.

Ernest is remembered on a memorial tablet in St Augustine's Church, Southampton. 

GRADIDGE, Ernest Edward. Dearly beloved son of Stephen and Agnes Gradidge, 44 Radcliffe Road, Northam, aged 22. - Southern Daily Echo, 2 May 1912

His father later moved to Bromley, Kent and died there aged 82 in 1939.


  1. Edith was married in 1907 to later Frederick Charles George White (1884-1918) who died at sea; she was remarried in 1921 to Edward Charles Howes (1880-1923). She died in Southampton in 1939.
  2. Later Mrs Percy Ruddock (1889-1965); she died in Southampton in 1961.

Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr Ernest Edward Gradidge
Age: 22 years 4 months and 9 days (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Single
Last Residence: at 44 Radcliffe Road Northam, Hampshire, England
Occupation: Fireman
Last Ship: Atrato
Embarked: Southampton on Saturday 6th April 1912
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body recovered by: Mackay-Bennett (No. 276)
Buried: Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on Monday 6th May 1912

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References and Sources

United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List
Donald Hyslop, Alastair Forsyth and Sheila Jemima (1997) Titanic Voices: Memories from the Fateful Voyage, Sutton Publishing, Southampton City Council. ISBN 0 7509 1436 X
Susan Wels  (1997) Titanic: The Worlds Greatest Ocean Liner, Crew list by Michael Findley
White Star Line (1912.) Record of Bodies and Effects (Passengers and Crew S.S. "Titanic") Recovered by Cable Steamer "MacKay Bennett" Including Bodies Buried at Sea and Bodies Delivered at Morgue in Halifax, N.S.
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