W. Theodore Ronald Brailey (c.1888 - 1912) MP

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Nicknames: "W.T.R Bailey", "Theodore Ronald Brailey"
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Birthplace: Walthamstow, Essex, England
Death: Died in Arctic Ocean
Cause of death: Drowning
Occupation: Pianist onboard the Titanic
Managed by: Terry Jackson (Switzer)
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About W. Theodore Ronald Brailey

Last Residence: in London London England Occupation: Musician 2nd Class passenger First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912 Ticket No. 250654 Cabin No.: E Died in the sinking. Body Not Recovered

Apollo club concert

Mr W. Theodore Ronald Brailey of 71 Lancaster Road, Ladbroke Grove, London, and Cellist Roger Bricoux had previously served on the Cunard steamer Carpathia before joining the White Star Line.

Travelling Companions (on same ticket) Mr Roger Marie Bricoux Mr John Frederick Preston Clarke Mr Wallace Henry Hartley Mr John Law Hume Mr Georges Alexandre Krins Mr Percy Cornelius Taylor Mr John Wesley Woodward

Titanic review 2011

Titanic Research 2004

Liverpool Echo 1912

Worcester Evening Gasette

Nearer My God to Thee ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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Theodore Ronald Brailey (25 October 1887 – 15 April 1912) was an English pianist on the RMS Titanic on its maiden voyage. He died in the disaster.[1][2]

Life and career


RMS Titanic Musicians' Memorial, Southampton, featuring Theodore Ronald Brailey's name. The RMS TitanicTheodore Ronald Brailey was born on 25 October 1887 in Walthamstow, Essex.[3] His father, William "Ronald" Brailey, was a well known figure of Spiritualism at the time.[4] He studied piano at school and one of his first jobs was playing piano in a local hotel.[5]

In 1902 he joined the Royal Lancashire Fusiliers regiment signing for 12 years service as a musician.[6] He was stationed in Barbados but resigned his commission prematurely in 1907.[7] He returned to England and lived at 71 Lancaster Road, Ladbroke Grove, London.[2] In 1911, he enlisted aboard ship, playing first on the RMS Saxonia, prior to joining the Cunard steamer RMS Carpathia in 1912, where he met the French cellist Roger Marie Bricoux. Both men then joined the White Star Line and were recruited by Liverpool music agency, C.W. and F.N. Black, to serve on the RMS Titanic[2][8][1] Brailey boarded the Titanic on Wednesday 10 April 1912 in Southampton, UK. His ticket number was 250654, the ticket for all the members of Wallace Hartley's orchestra. His cabin was in the 2nd class quarters.[2][1][9]

After the Titanic hit an iceberg and began to sink, Brailey and his fellow band members started playing music to help keep the passengers calm as the crew loaded the lifeboats. Many of the survivors said that he and the band continued to play until the very end. One second class passenger said: "Many brave things were done that night, but none were more brave than those done by men playing minute after minute as the ship settled quietly lower and lower in the sea. The music they played served alike as their own immortal requiem and their right to be recalled on the scrolls of undying fame." Brailey was 24 years old when he died. His body was never recovered.[1][2][10]

References

Notes 1.^ a b c d Kopstein, Jack (2011 [last update]). "The Valiant Musicians | World Military Bands". worldmilitarybands.com. http://www.worldmilitarybands.com/the-valiant-musicians/. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 2.^ a b c d e Encyclopaedia Titanica (2011 [last update]). "Mr W. Theodore Ronald Brailey | Encyclopaedia Titanica". encyclopedia-titanica.org. http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/titanic-biography/theodore-ronald-brailey.html. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 3.^ Steve Turner 2011, p. 62 4.^ Steve Turner 2011, p. 60 5.^ Steve Turner 2011, p. 63 6.^ Steve Turner 2011, p. 65 7.^ Steve Turner 2011, p. 68 8.^ Whitfield, Geoff and Mendez, Olivier (2011 [last update]). "Mr Roger Marie Bricoux | Encyclopedia Titanica". encyclopedia-titanica.org. http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/titanic-victim/roger-bricoux.html. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 9.^ titanicsite (2007 [last update]). "Titanic Site". titanicsite.kit.net. http://www.titanicsite.kit.net/passageiros_2classe.html. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 10.^ Ancestry.co.uk (2011 [last update]). "Theodore Ronald Brailey - 2nd Class Passenger on the Titanic from England - Brailey - Family History & Genealogy Message Board - Ancestry.co.uk". boards.ancestry.co.uk. http://boards.ancestry.co.uk/surnames.brailey/74/mb.ashx. Retrieved 6 June 2011.

Bibliography

Steve Turner (22 March 2011). The Band That Played on: The Extraordinary Story of the 8 Musicians Who Went Down With the Titanic. Thomas Nelson Inc. ISBN 9781595552198. http://books.google.com/books?id=nJXxPgcgaIEC. Retrieved 1 June 2011.

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Theodore Ronald Brailey on Titanic-Titanic.com

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Name Brailey, Theodore Ronald Alternative names Short description Member of the Titanic orchestra Date of birth 25 October 1887 Place of birth Walthamstow, Essex Date of death 15 April 1912 Place of death Atlantic Ocean

musicians of the RMS Titanic


Wallace Hartley • bandmaster Roger Marie Bricoux • cello Theodore Ronald Brailey • piano John Wesley Woodward • cello John Frederick Preston Clarke • string bass and viola John Law Hume • violin Percy Cornelius Taylor • piano Georges Alexandré Krins • violin

 

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Theodore Ronald Brailey

Theodore Ronald Brailey was born on 25 October 1887 in Walthamstow, Essex. His father, William "Ronald" Brailey, was a well known figure of Spiritualism at the time.He studied piano at school and one of his first jobs was playing piano in a local hotel.

In 1902 he joined the Royal Lancashire Fusiliers regiment signing for 12 years service as a musician. He was stationed in Barbados but resigned his commission prematurely in 1907.He returned to England and lived at 71 Lancaster Road, Ladbroke Grove, London. In 1911, he enlisted aboard ship, playing first on the RMS Saxonia, prior to joining the Cunard steamer RMS Carpathia in 1912, where he met the French cellist Roger Marie Bricoux. Both men then joined the White Star Line and were recruited by Liverpool music agency, C.W. and F.N. Black, to serve on the RMS Titanic. Brailey boarded the Titanic on Wednesday 10 April 1912 in Southampton, UK. His ticket number was 250654, the ticket for all the members of Wallace Hartley's orchestra. His cabin was in the 2nd class quarters.

After the Titanic hit an iceberg and began to sink, Brailey and his fellow band members started playing music to help keep the passengers calm as the crew loaded the lifeboats. Many of the survivors said that he and the band continued to play until the very end. One second class passenger said: "Many brave things were done that night, but none were more brave than those done by men playing minute after minute as the ship settled quietly lower and lower in the sea. The music they played served alike as their own immortal requiem and their right to be recalled on the scrolls of undying fame." Brailey was 24 years old when he died. His body was never recovered.

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1888
1888
England
1912
April 10, 1912
Age 24
Arctic Ocean
April 10, 1912
Age 24