|Death: ||Apr. 24, 1917|
LOST AT SEA
Daughter Lost at Sea
Mrs. J. E. Swindell Receives News of Death of of Mrs. E. B. Reece.
Disaster of Gold Coast
Former Baltimorean and Husband Died Together, Says Official Lemdon Cable-No Particulars
Members of the family of Mrs. Julia E. Swindell, of Roland Park, have received a cable from the English Secretary for Colonial Affairs telling of the death of Mrs. Swindell's daughter and her husband, the Honorable and Mrs. Eardley Branwell Reece. Mrs. Reece was formerly Miss Julia Swindell. She was married in London in 1908.
No details of their deaths were given, except that it occurred off the Gold Coast. It is known that they were on their way to England from the Gold Coast, West Africa, of which Mr. Reece was Treasurer and which he had been and which he had been recently acting as Governor. The family understood that they were to sail for home on the steamer Apapa, but the cable did not tell whether their ship fell victim of the storm, a mine or a submarine. Members of the family here do not know positively whether Mr. and Mrs. Reece sailed on the Apapa.
Mrs. Reece was born in Baltimore and was graduated from Miss Hall's School, Park avenue. She was a beautiful and brilliant woman and attracted much attention when she made her debut in Baltimore with Miss Mary K. May Godby, formerly of Balitmore, but now living in England and other debutantes.
Her wedding which took place in St. George's Church, London, was a brilliant affair. She was given in marriage by Alexander J. Godby and Miss Godby, now Mrs. Richard N.R. Blaker, of London, was maid of honor. Mrs. Reece mother attended the ceremony.
It had been expected that Mrs. Reece, if not her husband, would visit her husband after they had spent some time in England.
Mr. and Mrs. Reece had no children. Mrs. Reece's father was George Swindell, a one time senior member of the glass firm. Her sisters and brothers are: Mrs. George Wilson, of Chevy Chase; Mrs. Charles H. Macomber, of Boston; Miss Bertha Swindell and G. Benson Swindell, of Baltimore; Henry Swindell, of this city; and Mrs. George B. Simmons, or Roland Park.
The Baltimore Sun May 10, 1917
MET HER DEATH ON BIG LINER
Destruction of Ship on which Mrs. Reece was Lost Suppressed
Mrs. Eardley Branwell Reece, formerly Miss Julia Swindell, formerly of Baltimore, met death in the destruction of the steamer, Abosso, according to a cable received yesterday by her mother, Mrs. Julia E. Swindell, of Roland Park, from Alexander Godby, of London. Mr. Godby said that he was endeavoring to get in touch with survivors to learn the death of Mrs. Reese's death. Mrs. Reese's husband, who was secretary of the Gold Coast Government was lost also.
While the first word of Mrs. Reece's death was received, Mr. Godby intimidated that the Obosso was sunk two weeks ago. London evidently had suppressed news of the vessel's loss. She was one of the big liners of the African Steamship company (the Elder-Demnster line) being of 7,782 tons registry. F. E. Mears was in command.
Eardley Branwell Reece (____ - 1917)*
Loudon Park Cemetery
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