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Norman Bruce Bainbridge

Male 1869 - 1935  (65 years)



  • Name Norman Bruce Bainbridge  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Birth 22 Oct 1869  Ventnor Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 2, 3, 4
    • son of Col. Sir Edmund Bainbridge, KCB, Royal Artillery.
    Residence Apr 1881  Cothill House School, Abingdon Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    • with brother Guy Edmund Bainbridge, 13 b Old Charlton, Kent
    Occupation 1890 - 1926  Army Officer  [1
    Occupation Apr 1891  2nd Lieutenant, Infantry  [5
    Residence Apr 1891  Infantry Barracks, Fulford, York Find all individuals with events at this location   [5
    Decoration 1900  DSO  [1
    Occupation Mar 1901  Captain in Army - Infantry  [6
    Residence Mar 1901  Haddon Lodge, Shrewsbury Lane, Plumstead Find all individuals with events at this location   [6
    • with parents
    Marriage 16 Jan 1902  St George, Hanover Square, Mayfair Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 7, 8
    Dorothea Olivia Louisa Wortham,   b. abt May 1879, Marylebone Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Aug 1955, Henley Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Decoration 1917  CMG  [1
    Decoration 1919  CB  [1
    Residence 1934  The Coombe, Streatley-on-Thames Find all individuals with events at this location   [9
    • Passenger on "Duchess of Bedford" arr Liverpool 22 Jul 1934: Norman Bruce Bainbridge, 65, Cabin class, emb Montreal, Colonel (retd), resid England, UK address The Coombe, Streatley-on-Thames, Berks
    Death 26 Jun 1935  Goring-on-Thames Find all individuals with events at this location ; Cause: Drowning  [1, 4
    • Colonel Bainbridge Drowned. Boating Accident at Streatley.
      Colonel Norman Bruce Bainbridge, D.S.O., of The Coombe, Streatley, Berks, was drowned in the Thames in a boating mishap yesterday.
      Colonel Bainbridge set out in the morning with Colonel Edward Buttanshaw, of Scotscraig, Hythe for a trip on the river in a small outboard motor-boat to which he was well accustomed, The boat struck the weir at Streatley and capsized, Colonel Bainbridge being trapped beneath the boat, but Colonel Buttanshaw was thrown clear. The current was very strong owing to Tuesday's storm; and great difficulty was experienced in pulling Colonel Buttanshaw out of the river.
      Mr. Fred Hobbs, who has a boathouse not far from the weir, stated: "One of my men heard a shout and ran to the weir. He was able to drag the colonel's companion out of the water. The boat was a dinghy, about 15ft. long, with an outboard motor, and the colonel was often out in it. Presumably the engine failed, and the boat drifted against the weir. There was more water than usual after the storms of Tuesday, and the boat was held against the weir. It took six men to pull the boat away, and in doing so the motor was apparently knocked off. The water at this place is about 5ft, deep."
      Survivor's Story
      Colonel Buttanshaw stated last night in the hotel at which he is staying at Streatley: "Colonel Bainbridge got into the boat first and took his place at the oars, I took my seat in the stern. The river was flooded by the rain. Colonel Bainbridge knew the river well and realized that the current was dangerous. 'I shall have to take care,' he said. We must not get caught in that current.' We untied the boat and Colonel Bainbridge started to row hard up-stream away from the weir. We were not going to start the little motor until we had got clear of the bridge. I noticed that Colonel Bainbridge was pulling very hard, but the oars seemed to be slipping in the rowlocks. I realized we were not making much headway. Then the current, which was very powerful, swept the boat right round.
      "I don't know quite what happened, but the next instant we had been dashed against the weir, the boat upside down, and Colonel Bainbridge underneath it. I managed to grasp hold of one of the wooden spars of the weir. I had hold of Colonel Bainbridge's hand with my other hand. I tugged, but I could not move him from beneath the boat, owing to the terrific suction of the water. Help seemed a long time coming. They put the rope around me and tried to pull me out. I did not want to let go, as I still had hopes, although the colonel had not moved and his hand was limp. Then they got me out. It has been a dreadful experience to lose an old friend in such circumstances. The most terrible part of it all was that we could do nothing to save him."
      Colonel Bainbridge, who was 65, was a son of the late Colonel Sir Edmond Bainbridge and a brother of Major-General Sir Guy Bainbridge. He entered the Army in 1890 and served in the South African War from 1899 to 1901, and was severely wounded. He was mentioned in dispatches and was awarded the Queen's Medal with six clasps, and the D.S.O. He was adjutant, Army Ordnance Corps, from September, 1901, to April, 1903. In the late War he became Ordnance Officer, first class, and was created C.B. and C.M.G. From May, 1920, to October, 1926, he was chief ordnance officer at the R.A.O.C. Depôt, Didcot. He married in 1902 Dorothea Olivia, daughter of the late Rev. B. Hales, of Wortham. She survives him with one son, an officer in the RAF, and two daughters. [The Times] [10]
    • Colonel Bainbridge's Death. Friend's Story of Boating Accident.
      A verdict of "Accidental death" was returned at the inquest at Goring yesterday on the body of Colonel Norman Bruce Bainbridge, 65. of The Coombe, Streatley, who was drowned on Wednesday when a boat in which he and an old friend set out to fish was overturned by the strong current and dashed against the weir.
      Colonel Edward Thornton Buttanshaw said the river was running rather strongly, and, in shoving off, the sculls, of which Colonel Bainbridge had hold, slipped in the rowlocks and this rather delayed the way of the boat. Colonel Bainbridge lost control of the boat momentarily, and they swung round into the barrier.
      "I can't remember," said the witness, "whether the Colonel was actually in the boat or whether he had been thrown out as we swung into the barrier. The last I remember of him was as he clung with both hands on the gunwhale of the boat. Then he somehow lost hold and went under. I had hold of his left hand, which was nearest. He was sucked under in a second, right under the boat and into the barrier. I got hold of one of the uprights of the barrier, and I kept holding on to his hand, but I could not do anything owing to the suction of the water."
      Mr. Charles Hobbs, of the Mill House, Streatley, said he saw the Colonel fall into the water. If there had been a regiment there they could not have saved him. Nothing could resist that water, and nobody could get him out alive. It took six or eight men to move the boat out afterwards.
      Frederick Young, a boatman, agreed with the Coroner that, had it not been for the sculls slipping, the accident would not have happened, owing to Colonel Bainbridge's experience.
      Mr. F. G. Constantine, the lock-keeper at Goring, said that there was a rush of water owing to the storm the previous day.
      The Coroner expressed sympathy with Colonel Buttanshaw, who, he said, was in a position of being unable to render the help he would loved to have given. [The Times] [11]
    • Colonel Bainbridge. A correspondent writes:--
      Colonel N. B. Bainbridge will be widely, mourned. Few men had more friends in all walks of life, and few deserved them better. He was an ideal C.O., scrupulous, always serene, and always thoughtful - except of himself. None of his subordinates failed to realize their C.O.'s ability, of which he himself appeared totally unaware, while those who were privileged to know him more intimately were able to appreciate the qualities of a singularly modest character.
      Its charm and grace can best be described by saying that while he was a soldier de carrière he was a fisherman born. His was the peculiar candour which Englishmen have associated with the species since the days of Izaak Walton. Fishing was his passion. When he could not cast his flies on the Pang or the Test or on the Shannon lakes where he spent a month every spring, he liked to look for the big chub on the shady Thames. It was on such an expedition that he became the victim of his zeal. Yet though fishing was his greatest sportsman's love, he had many others. In his younger days he played polo for his regiment, at one time regularly hunted in Ireland, and occasionally in later life it seemed as if the harder enthusiasms of the sport threatened to supplant those of the fisherman for the first place in his affections.
      These interests, added to no slight horticultural skill, gave depth and perspective to a singularly unselfish personality. He took a leading part in local life, and no organization or cause, from the British Legion to the demands of local charities, ever found him wanting in service. Finally his personality was reflected in a singularly happy private life. His marriage was one of unclouded felicity, and he lived to see his children inherit his qualities. [The Times]
    Probate 20 Sep 1935  London Find all individuals with events at this location ; £10,305 17s. 4d.  [12
    • Bainbridge Norman Bruce C.B. C.M.G. D.S.O. of The Coombe Streatley-on-Thames Berkshire died 26 June 1935 in the River Thames at Goring Oxfordshire Probate London 20 September to Dorothea Olivia Louisa Bainbridge widow and Oscar Oswald Wortham stock exchange member. Effects £10305 17s. 4d. [NPC]
    Notes 
    • Bainbridge, Colonel Norman Bruce, CB 1919; CMG 1917; DSO 1900. Born 22 Oct. 1869; 2nd s of late Col. Sir E. Bainbridge, KCB; m 1902, Dorothea Olivia Louisa, o d of late Rev. B. Hale, Wortham; one s two d ; died 26 June 1935; late Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Career: Entered army, 1890; Captain, 1899; Major, 1908; Lt-Col 1914; Colonel, 1922; served South Africa, 1899-1901 (severely wounded, despatches, medal 6 clasps, DSO); European War (CB, CMG); late Adjutant to Army Ordnance Corps, Woolwich; retired, 1926. Club: Army and Navy. Address: The Coombe, Streatley-on-Thames, Berks. [Whos Who]
    Person ID I4492  Tatham | Christopher branch | Parent of spouse
    Last Modified 02 Apr 2015 

    Family Dorothea Olivia Louisa Wortham,   b. abt May 1879, Marylebone Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Aug 1955, Henley Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years) 
    Marriage 16 Jan 1902  St George, Hanover Square, Mayfair Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 7, 8
    • On the 16th Jan., at St. George's, Hanover-square, by the Rev. Cecil Albert Jones, Rector of Abington Pigotts, Cambridgeahire, assisted by the Rev. Charles William Browning, Vicar of Bromham, Bedfordshire, Norman Bruce Bainbridge, D.S.O., Captain Duke of Wellington's Regiment, Adjutant to the Army Ordnance Corps, Woolwich, second son of Colonel Edmond Bainbridge, C.B., late R.A., Chief Superintendent of the Government Ordnance Factories, of Haddon Lodge, Shooter's-hill, to Dorothea Olivia Louisa, only daughter of the Rev. Biscoe Hale Wortham, of Kneesworth, Cambridgeshire. [The Times]
    Children 
    +1. John Edmond Montague Bainbridge,   b. 05 Oct 1906, Curragh Camp, Kildare Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Feb 1941  (Age 34 years)
    Last Modified 11 Jul 2011 
    Family ID F1366  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 22 Oct 1869 - Ventnor Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1881 - Cothill House School, Abingdon Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1891 - Infantry Barracks, Fulford, York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Mar 1901 - Haddon Lodge, Shrewsbury Lane, Plumstead Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - < - 16 Jan 1902 - St George, Hanover Square, Mayfair Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 16 Jan 1902 - St George, Hanover Square, Mayfair Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1934 - The Coombe, Streatley-on-Thames Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - Cause: Drowning - 26 Jun 1935 - Goring-on-Thames Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - £10,305 17s. 4d. - 20 Sep 1935 - London Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S18] Who's Who / Who was Who.

    2. [S02] BMD Index, birth reg IOW, 4Q1869.

    3. [S01] Census, UK, 1881.
      age 11 b Ventnor

    4. [S02] BMD Index, death reg Henley, 2Q1935.
      age 65

    5. [S01] Census, UK, 1891.
      age 21 b IOW

    6. [S01] Census, UK, 1901.
      age 31 b Ventnor

    7. [S02] BMD Index, marriage reg SGHS, 1Q1902.

    8. [S05] The Times, marriage notice, 18 Jan 1902.

    9. [S12] Passenger Lists, Duchess of Bedford, 22 Jul 1934.

    10. [S05] The Times, obituary, 27 Jun 1935.

    11. [S05] The Times, Law Reports, 28 Jun 1935.

    12. [S14] National Probate Calendar.