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Thomas Henry Bradley (April 26th, 1883 - April 15th, 1912) was one of the ten seamen who died in the sinking of the RMS Titanic.

LifeEdit

He was born at 9 Fox Street in Bethnal Green, London, England on April 26th, 1883 and was later baptized on 6 May in St Andrew's Church. He was the son of Richard Bradley (b. 1846), a leather worker, and Julia Emma Allen (b. 1848), Londoners who had married in 1867.

He had nine known siblings: Julia Ann (b. 1867), Richard William (b. 1869), John Thomas (b. 1871), Elizabeth (b. 1872, later Mrs Edmund Thomas Swan), Alice Louisa (1875 - 1939, later Mrs Philip Rose), Emily Maria (b. 1876), Esther Sarah (1878 - 1952, later Mrs Frederick Celisse), Sarah Ann (1881-1949, later Mrs Thomas Page) and Charles (b. 1888).

Bradley first appears on the 1891 census living with his family at 9 Auckland Road, Bethnal Green but after this the family falls off the radar but his father is known to have died sometime in 1900 in the Whitechapel area.

He served as a seaman for the British Royal Navy following his 18th birthday. His first ship was the Northampton on which he served for six months and he would also see service aboard Pembroke and Jupiter before rising to become an ordinary seaman. By March 1902, as an ordinary seaman he worked aboard Pembroke I, Russell and Tyne before winding up his naval career aboard Leander on June 7th, 1904. His conduct had never been perfect and he was shown to have spent several spells in the cells for misconduct and also spent time in hard labour for desertion and disobedience. Following this it may be assumed that he went straight into the merchant service but this cannot be certain.

When he signed on to the Titanic on April 6th, 1912 Bradley stated that he had been born in Newcastle. He gave his local address as 25 Threefield Lane in Southampton and his previous ship as the Oceanic; as an able seaman he could expect monthly wages of £5.

Thomas Bradley died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified. His mother Julia later benefitted from the Titanic Relief Fund.

DescriptionEdit

According to records of his physical, Thomas stood at 5' 4" and he had dark brown hair with grey-hazel eyes and a fresh complexion, along with numerous tattoos.

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