Edward Brown (March 20th, 1878 - June 3rd, 1926) was a saloon steward on the Titanic. He survived the sinking by crawling into Collapsible lifeboat A.
Born in Holyhead, Anglesey, Wales on March 20th, 1878, he was the son of Hugh Jones Brown (1833 - 1887) and Margaret Williams (1845 - 1898), both Holyhead-natives who had married in Bangor in 1869. Edward had at least three siblings: Thomas (b. 1871), Ann (b. 1874) and Hugh (b. 1882).
Edward first appears on the 1881 census living at 26 Cross Street, Holyhead with his mother and siblings. His seaman father is not present. They are still at this address for the 1891 and 1901 census returns but by the latter both Edward's parents were deceased. He was described as a barman in the 1901 census.
He initially signed-on to the Titanic in Belfast for her delivery trip to Southampton. When he signed-on for the second time, in Southampton, on April 4th, 1912; he gave his address as 43 Suffolk Avenue, Southampton, the home address of fellow crewmembers, brothers Arthur and Benjamin McMicken. Brown had served as a steward on board several White Star ships before the Titanic, among them the Cedric, Teutonic, Oceanic, Adriatic, and, most recently, the Olympic. As a first class steward he received £3 15s per month.
On the evening of April 14th, Brown was awakened by the collision with the iceberg, and after 20-25 minutes, was ordered up to the boat deck. He went to his assigned station, which was lifeboat 5. Following the order of 'women and children first,' Brown helped load Lifeboats 5, 3, 1, and Collapsible C.
After helping see these boats off, Brown aided in the attempt to launch Collapsible A. He recalled seeing Captain Smith approach with a megaphone in his hand. He heard him say "Well boys, do your best for the women and children, and look out for yourselves." And then he walked onto the bridge, alone at this time. It was one of the last reliable sightings of Captain Smith.
After the collapsible was hooked up to the davits, the bridge submerged, and the water began to swirl around Brown's feet. He leapt into collapsible A, and cut the aft falls. A wave hit the boat as he was standing in it, washing everyone overboard. Brown was wearing a lifebelt, and was eventually rescued in Collapsible A.
Edward returned to England and continued to work at sea. He was married in 1919 to Bertha Holden (b. 1891 in Liverpool) and the couple had a daughter the following year, Elizabeth Margaret. Family believe that the disaster had an adverse affect on Edward's health and this contributed to his early death in Liverpool on June 3rd, 1926.