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Hartlepool seafarers lost at sea

Bainbridge, Albert Edwin

5, Collingwood Road
West Hartlepool

Lost on HMS Annie, on September 4th, 1918.

A native of Monkwearmouth, Sunderland, Albert Edwin Bainbridge was born in 1867 to Charles Henry Bainbridge, a boatbuilder, and his wife Thomasina Fairlamb Cook both of Sunderland . According to the 1851 Census, it seems that his parents met when Charles Henry was a 19-year old apprentice boat builder lodging with his future wife Thomasina's widowed mother, also Thomasina Cook, when his future wife at this time was a little girl of 9. Charles and Thomasina married in Sunderland in 1860.

By 1871, Albert Edward was youngest of four boys, all close in age, the others being John, Davis and Alfred. Their mother Thomasina died in 1876 and it is probably as a result of this that young Albert is next found at High Street, Hartlepool in 1881, living with his uncle, John Murrell, a draper, and his family.

On 6th August, 1899, Albert married 32-year old widow Gertrude Mary Wright (nee Hunter), at St. John’s, Stockton who already had one son sadly logged as ‘imbecile from birth’ on the 1911 census. In 1901 Albert, his wife, her son William and baby Charles William Bainbridge were living in Mary Street, West Hartlepool, along with Gertrude’s mother Jane Hunter who had been born in Aberdeenshire. Albert’s occupation was Ship’s Officer and he held a Master’s Certificate.

Albert and Gertrude had two further children Florence, born 1903 and Constance Mary, born 1907. Both were baptised at St. Paul’s Church. In 1911, the family were living at 10, St Paul’s Road and Albert Edward was at sea.

On September 4th, 1918, while serving his country as 1st Mate on HMS Annie, Albert Edwin Bainbridge died of heart failure and his wife, then living at 5, Collingwood Road was informed.