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Walter Edward Bull

Mr Walter Edward Bull was born in Shanklin, Isle of Wight, Hampshire, England in the closing months of 1875.

He was the son of Walter William Bull (b. 1855), a painter, and Rosa Linington (b. 1856), both natives of Hampshire who were married in 1874. His known siblings were: Roland Charles (b. 1874), George Francis (b. 1877), Arthur (b. 1879), Christian Albert (b. 1880), Grace Rosa (b. 1881), Cicely Kathleen (b. 1883), Margaret (b. 1885), Donald Frank (b. 1887) and Harry (b. 1889). In his early childhood he had spent several years living in Hackney, London where three of his siblings were born.

He appears on the 1881 census living at 1 Newport Road, Newchurch, Isle of Wight. No further census records can be found for Walter. By 1891 his mother was working as a domestic cook at 98 Monkton Street, Ryde, Isle of Wight and claimed to be married. Although not certain, it is likely she was actually widowed by this point and working to provide for her brood who cannot be traced on the 1891 census. By 1901 the family were reunited (save for Walter who is absent and whose whereabouts are unknown, likely working at sea) and living at 46 Prince Street, Ryde, his mother now working as a sick nurse. She would be remarried in 1903 to a man over two decades her junior, Bertram Gibbs (b. 1879), a grocer, and she lived with her new husband at 26 Joseph Street, Gosport. She died in 1924.

Walter was married in 1901 on the Isle of Wight to Edith Jane Carter (b. 27 September 1879), who hailed from Newport, and their only child, a son named Walter William, was born in Ryde in 1904.

Walter does not appear on the 1911 census; his wife is working as a domestic cook at Hardwicke Cottage East Cowes, Isle of Wight whilst his son is listed in the care of his grandmother Rosa Gibbs at 26 Joseph Street, Gosport.

When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, Bull gave his address as 27 Chandos Street, (Southampton) and his age as 30. His last ship had been the Olympic and as a scullion he received monthly wages of £3, 10s.

Walter Bull died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.

His widow and son benefitted from the Titanic Relief Fund; Edith Bull never remarried and later resettled on the Isle of Wight where she died in 1970 aged 91. What became of her son Walter is not clear although it is possible he was married at a young age and raised a family on the Isle of Wight. His final whereabouts are unknown.

References and Sources

Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
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  1. Fabienne Payet

    Bull, W. Scullion Lost That is all the information I can find concerning this person. Does anybody have any other information? Thank you in advance

  2. Bob Godfrey

    When he signed on for the Titanic, Walter Bull gave his age as 30, his birthplace as Hampshire and his address as 27, Chandos Street, Southampton. I suspect he was in truth a few years older than he admitted. He had one son (also called Walter), who after his death was granted a weekly allowance from the Titanic Relief Fund, but I've not seen any reference to support for a widow, so perhaps Walter was himself a widower or separated from the boy's mother. Like many others among the crew, Walter had previously served on the Olympic. He worked as a scullion (basically a dishwasher) in... Read full post

  3. Fabienne Payet

    Thank you very much for that information Bob!! It's much appreciated!! May I ask were you found the information? thanks!

  4. Bob Godfrey

    There's nothing much in what I posted above that can't be found already on this website, in the biography section and in online documents like the crew signing-on sheets and the lists of recovered bodies. The accounts and minute books of the relief organisations can be very useful, but you won't find them online and they are not very easy to use as they were not designed to be helpful to researchers a century in the future! If you want to go further with family details of any passenger or crew member, there are online sources for Census infomation and for civil registrations of births,... Read full post

  5. Fabienne Payet

    Thank you for that CD-ROM title... it's for things like that, that I regret living in Belgium!! It is extremely hard to find even one decent book here, let alone this cd rom! Most of my books I bought at exhibitions, in England or when I was living in Saudi Arabia! Go figure even THEY have more Titanic books than we do!!! Although it was impossible to find the Rubaiyat there (forbidden lecture according to the Islam) but I got my hands on it anyway. Unfortunally most books I have only include simple passenger and crew lists. It seems I'm more familiar with the Titanic itself rather than... Read full post

  6. Bob Godfrey

    You can order Craig's CD online and have it delivered by airmail: You can also download some sample biographies (as pdf files) from the same link. And don't be put off by that drawing of Titanic! As for books, I buy most of mine from online dealers like Amazon.co.uk, who have several hundred Titanic-related titles and will take orders from any country. A cheap way of getting the content of Molony's book, by the way, is to buy him three pints of Guinness and start him talking. If he slows down,... Read full post

  7. Fabienne Payet

    LOL!! Thanks for that link. Ooh I know the stock of books amazon has... but that's waaaay to dangerous for my visa card!!! I went to that London Exhibit twice and I spent like over $500 worth on books alone, and the one in Paris was about $250... So letting me loose on Amazon is a bad idea!!

  8. pgayadat

    Just found this site. My Grandfather was Charles William Warton (Wright). Walter Bull has my grandfather's address listed as his last known address. My grandfather was supposed to sail on the Titanic, but due to illness the morning the Titanic sailed, (through too much drinking the night before, I believe) never showed up.

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Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr Walter Edward Bull
Age: 36 years (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Married to Edith Jane Carter
Last Residence: at 27 Chandos Street Southampton, Hampshire, England
Occupation: Scullion
Last Ship: Olympic
Embarked: Southampton on Thursday 4th April 1912
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Identified

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