|Birth: ||Jan. 11, 1890|
London Borough of Southwark
Greater London, England
|Death: ||Apr. 29, 1956|
Glasgow City, Scotland
Titantic Figure. He was one of the operators of the Marconi wireless radio on the "RMS Titanic". He was born in South London, son of Arthur John and Mary Ann (Lowe) Bride. He completed his formal training in 1911 and served on board the vessels Lusitania, La France and Anselm before joining the crew of the Titanic. He was on duty along with wireless operator John Phillips the night of April 14-15, 1912 in which the Titanic struck an iceberg and sank taking the lives of 1,500 passengers and crew during the ship's maiden Atlantic crossing. Bride and Phillips worked frantically through the late night hours relaying messages between Captain Edward J. Smith on the Titanic's bridge and the rescue ship Carpathia and other ships in the vicinity. He escaped the sinking ship by grabbing an oars-lock of one of the last remaining lifeboats as it was carried over the side and overturned by a large wave resulting from an exploding boiler. Trapped briefly beneath the overturned lifeboat he eventually managed to climb aboard the upturned hull. He was rescued by the Carpathia suffering from severe exposure and crushed feet. During the trip to New York he assisted the wireless operator of the Carpathia sending personal messages and the names of the survivors to the mainland. On April 20th he appeared before the United States Senate as a material witness to the disaster. Following a stay in the hospital he returned to England where he resumed his career as a wireless operator. Deeply disturbed by the sinking he rarely spoke of the incident and sought to avoid celebrity status and attention as a Titanic survivor. Seeking privacy, he eventually moved his family to Scotland where he worked as a traveling salesman. He lived the remainder of his life in virtual seclusion until his death at the age of 66. (bio by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.)
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: Glasgow Crematorium Chapel, Glasgow, Scotland
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.
Record added: Jan 17, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13055305
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