Lewis Richard Braund (front row, left), Owen Harris Braund (back row, right),
with their brothers William James Braund (back row, left) and John Morcom Braund (front row, right).
Courtesy: Steve Coombes, UK / Herbert J Braund, UK
Mr Lewis Richard Braund, 29, was born in 1883, at Pigsdon Farm, Week St Mary, Cornwall, the son of James Braund (farmer) and Elizabeth Braund (née Harris). He was the eldest brother of Mary Jane (Janie), William James (Jim), Owen Harris and John Morcom (Jack). From about 1902 the family lived at Norton's Farm, Bridgerule, Devon.
Lewis' brother Jim had emigrated to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada at the turn of the century and had been working a farm there. He subsequently returned to Devon to encourage other family members to accompany him back to Canada. Lewis, with his brother Owen, along with Samuel and William Dennis, John Henry Perkin (second cousins) and John Hall Lovell (a more distant cousin) subsequently travelled in a group together. Jim Braund for some reason decided to travel on a ship out of Liverpool. For their Atlantic crossing they chose the maiden voyage of Titanic. Their group also accompanied a near neighbour, Susan Webber from North Tamerton. They had a long train journey from Holsworthy, Devon on the London & South Western Railway with changes at Exeter and Salisbury. They arrived in Southampton in the evening of 9 April 1912 and spent that night at the Alliance Hotel, Southampton. They embarked Titanic the following morning, the group all travelling third class. Lewis' ticket was numbered 3460 and had cost £7 5s.
Lewis and the rest of his group were all lost in the sinking. Lewis body, if recovered,was never identified. In his will he left £260 to his father.
Susan Webber travelling in 2nd class survived the sinking and lived in Hartford, Conneticut for the rest of her life.
Sometime following 1912 his parents moved to Truscott near Launceston, Cornwall.