Bertram Frank Dean (1886 - 1912) MP

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Birthplace: Branscombe, Devon, UK
Death: Died
Cause of death: Titanic victim
Occupation: Barman
Managed by: Anne-Marie Healy-Kalishoek (C)
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About Bertram Frank Dean


  • Name: Mr Bertram Frank Dean
  • Born: Wednesday 30th June 1886
  • Age: 25 years
  • Last Residence: in Bartley Farm Hampshire England
  • Occupation: Farmer
  • 3rd Class passenger
  • First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
  • Ticket No. 2315 , £20 11s 6d
  • Destination: Wichita Kansas United States
  • Died in the sinking.
  • Body Not Recovered

Mr Bertram Frank Dean, 25 (1), was born on 30 June 1886 in London. He owned a public house together with his wife Eva Georgette 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. 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.


  • Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279]).
  • Donald Hyslop, Alastair Forsyth and Sheila Jemima (1997) Titanic Voices: Memories from the Fateful Voyage, Sutton Publishing, Southampton City Council. ISBN 0 7509 1436


  • Millvina Dean, UK


  • Cameron Bell, Northern Ireland
  • Phillip Gowan, USA
  • Brian Ticehurst, UK

Travelling Companions (on same ticket)

  • Mrs Eva Georgetta Dean
  • Master Bertram Vere Dean
  • Miss Elizabeth Gladys 'Millvina' Dean
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Bertram Frank Dean's Timeline

August 30, 1886
Branscombe, Devon, UK
February, 1910
Age 23
London Borough of Wandsworth, Greater London, UK
May 21, 1910
Age 23
London, England
February 2, 1912
Age 25
Branscombe, England
April 15, 1912
Age 25