Bertram Frank was born on June 30th, 1886 in London. He owned a public house together with his wife Eva Georgetta Light, who was some years older than he. The couple had two children: Bertram Vere, born in 1910, and Elizabeth Gladys Millvina, born in 1912.
In 1912 Bertram decided to emigrate to Wichita, Kansas where he had family and friends, and where they had a house waiting for them. He also hoped to open a tobacconist shop. Bertram sold the public house and purchased a third class ticket for his family (ticket number C.A. 2315, £20 11s 6d). The family were originally booked on another White Star liner, possibly the Adriatic, but owing to the coal strike they were transferred to Titanic. The Deans boarded the Titanic at Southampton.
On the night of the sinking Bertram was alerted to the danger by the actual collision. He left the cabin to investigate and soon returned, telling his wife Ettie to get the sleeping children dressed and up on deck.
It is not known for certain in which lifeboat Bertram placed his family (probably Lifeboat 10). At the lifeboats he told his wife that he would follow her later, but in fact, Bertram Frank Dean lost his life in the disaster. His body, if recovered, was never identified.
- After the sinking, the CS Mackay-Bennett went to recover bodies from the sea. Body #105 wasn't identified and buried at sea. Now, based on the complete passenger and crew list, the letters B.D. on body 105 only match with Bertram Dean. But that only counts if B.D. were the initials of the owner, not the maker.
NO. 105. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 30. - HAIR AND MOUSTACHE, DARK. CLOTHING - Blue serge suit; striped shirt marked "B. D."; no singlet; black boots. PROBABLY THIRD CLASS.
105 Male - Estimated age, 30. Hair and moustache, dark. Buried at sea Wore blue serge suit and striped shirt marked "B. D." No other aids to identification.