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Walter Thomas Brice

Also Known As: "Walter Back;"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Lenham, Kent, England UK
Death: Died in Thanet RD, Kent, England UK
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Brice and Annie Maria Payne
Brother of Kate Annie Brice
Half brother of Nettie Bella Brice; Frederick Richard Back; Mabel Annie Back; Maud Back; Florence Elizabeth Back and 5 others

Occupation: Able Seaman, 1881 - 11, Scholar;
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Immediate Family

About Walter Thomas Brice

http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/titanic-survivor/walter-brice.html

  • Name: Mr Walter T Brice
  • Age: 42 years
  • Marital Status: Married.
  • Last Residence: at 11 Lower Canal Walk Southampton Hampshire England - Map
  • Occupation: Able Seaman
  • Last Ship: Thames
  • Deck crew
  • First Embarked: Southampton
  • Rescued (boat 11)
  • Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912

Walter T. Brice, 42, lived at 11 Lower Canal Walk, Southampton. Prior to his service on the Titanic, Brice had served on the Majestic (twice) and the Oceanic.

Brice was in the forward port Mess Hall on C Deck, when the Titanic hit the iceberg. He thought it felt "like a heavy vibration".

After going up to the boat deck, Brice helped lower Lifeboat 9 on the starboard side to A-Deck for passengers to enter it, then lower it to the water. He then helped lower his assigned boat, lifeboat 11 to A Deck.

Shortly after 1:00 a.m., when 11 was ready to be lowered to the ocean with over 70 people, an unknown officer asked if there were any seamen in the lifeboat, and Brice climbed down the fall into the boat. After shipping the rudder, he helped keep the lifeboat out of the pump discharge coming from the Titanic's side. When no light was found, Walter cut the lashing from an oil lamp, and cut rope for torches.

Brice saw the Titanic sink from a quarter mile away, he heard two explosions before she sank, but was unable to say whether the Titanic broke in two.

Brice survived the disaster, and was a witness at the U.S. Senate Inquiry.

Available Documents

  • Crew Particulars of Engagement

Inquiry Testimony

  • (Courtesy of the Titanic Inquiry Project)
  • Senate Hearings, 25 April 1912, Testimony

References

  • Donald Hyslop, Alastair Forsyth and Sheila Jemima (1997) Titanic Voices: Memories from the Fateful Voyage, Sutton Publishing, Southampton City Council. ISBN 0 7509 1436 X
  • Wyn Craig Wade (1979, 1986) The Titanic: End of a Dream. London, Penguin
  • United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List

Contributors

  • Bill Wormstedt, USA


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Research notes

Marriage Possibilities Marriages Jun 1907

  • ASH Alice Southampton 2c 64
  • BRICE Walter Thomas Southampton 2c 64
  • MCKENNA Sarah Southampton 2c 64
  • PHILPOTT Lily Maud Southampton 2c 64

1 May 1907 Register Office, Southampton, Hampshire
both unmarried living 99 Radcliffe Road.
His occupation Seaman (merchant service).
Her father Peter, an iron driller

Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

  • Name: Walter Thomas Brice
  • Gender: Male
  • Baptism Date: 15 Jan 1870
  • Baptism Place: Lenham, Kent, England
  • Father: Thomas Brice
  • Mother: Annie Maria
  • FHL Film Number: 1786624
  • Reference ID: item 1 p 8

1871 Census - attached

Marriages Dec 1869

  • Brice Thomas Milton 2a 1225
  • Payne Ann Maria Milton 2a 1225

Marriages Sep 1880

  • BACK Richard James Milton 2a 1284
  • BRICE Annie Maria Milton 2a 1284

1881 Census

Class: RG11; Piece: 969; Folio: 98; Page: 24; GSU roll: 1341230

  • Name: Walter Back
  • Age: 11
  • Estimated birth year: abt 1870
  • Relationship to Head: Son
  • Father: Richard Back
  • Mother: Anne Back
  • Gender: Male
  • Where born: Lenham, Kent, England
  • Civil Parish: Faversham
  • County/Island: Kent
  • Country: England
  • Street address: 12 North Lane
  • Occupation: Scholar
  • Registration district: Faversham
  • ED, institution, or vessel: 10
  • Neighbors: View others on page
  • Piece: 969
  • Folio: 98
  • Page Number: 24

Household Members:

  • Richard Back 31
  • Anne Back 31
  • Walter Back 11
  • Katey Back 8
  • Frederick Back 4
  • Mabel Back 2
  • Maud Back 1

UK, Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services, 1853-1928

152413
Walter Brice
DOB - 29 Dec 1869
Lenham, Kent
Seaman
5 ft 6 height
Served on

  • Pembroke 14-1-1890 - 31-12-1890 - Stoker 2nd Class
  • Immortalite 14-1-1890 to 31-12-1891 - Stoker 2nd Class
  • Immortalie 23-10-1890 to 25-5-1893 - Stoker
  • Pembroke 26 -5-1893 - 11-9-1893 Stoker
  • Anson 12-09-93 to 20-10-1893 Stoker
  • Victory 2 21-10-1893 to 6-4-1894 Stoker - Invalided


England & Wales, Death Index, 1916-2007

  • Name: Walter T Brice
  • Birth Date: abt 1870
  • Date of Registration: Dec 1928
  • Age at Death: 58
  • Registration district: Thanet
  • Inferred County: Kent
  • Volume: 2a
  • Page: 1293

Brice, Walter Official Number: 152413 Place of Birth: Lewham, Kent

  • Reference: ADM 188/219/152413
  • Description: Name Brice, Walter Official Number: 152413 Place of Birth: Lewham, Kent Date of Birth: 29 December 1869
  • Date: [1889-1890]
  • Held by: The National Archives, Kew
  • Former reference in its original department Vol No. 152-1
  • Legal status: Public Record

Medal Card of Brice, Walter Thomas Place of Birth: Lenham

Reference: BT 351/1/14982

  • Description: Medal Card of Brice, Walter Thomas Place of Birth: Lenham Date of Birth: 1869
  • Date: [1914-1925]
  • Held by: The National Archives, Kew
  • Legal status: Public Record
  • Language: English
  • Creator: Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen, 1872-1992
  • Closure status: Open Document, Open Description
  • Reference: Ancestry Genealogy - SmartCopy: May 12 2016, 17:16:20 UTC
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Walter Thomas Brice's Timeline

1869
December 29, 1869
Lenham, Kent, England UK
1870
January 15, 1870
Lenham, Kent, England UK
1928
1928
Age 58
Thanet RD, Kent, England UK