Edward John Buley

Date of birth: 1886
Place of birth: Portsmouth
Regiment / Division: Royal Navy
Vessel: HMS Partridge
Rank / Service No: Able Seaman, 213566
Died: 12th December 1917, aged 32 years
Commemorated: Portsmouth Naval Memorial


Edward was the third of 14 siblings born to John and Mary Ann Buley (nee Pope), who married in Portsmouth in 1882.

John was born in Tonbridge in 1856 and he died in Southampton in 1922. Mary was born in Portsmouth in 1864 and she passed away in Southampton in 1914.

The very large family are shown as living at 12 Britannia Road, Northam.



John Edward J.   b. 1883 Portsmouth   d. 1883 Portsmouth

Rosetta May   b. 1884 Portsmouth   d. 1919 Wandsworth   Married William Murphy in Southampton in 1906; married Arthur W. Howard in Southampton in 1912.

Edward John

Percy Arthur   b. 1888 Portsmouth   d. 1895 Dublin

Sidney Caleb   b. 31 May 1890 Bexhill   d. ??   Married Violet M. Holmes in Southampton in 1917.

Nellie Beatrice   b. 3 February 1892 Kilmore, Ireland   d. 1988 Southampton   Married Frederick James Stiggants in Southampton in 1915.

George Richard   b. 1894 Gorey, Ireland   d. ??   Married Gladys M. Foster in Ipswich in 1916.

John Sylvester   b. 1895 Dublin   d. ??

Albert James   b. 1897 Dublin   d. 1899 Southampton

Maurice (Morris) Frederick   b. 20 August 1899 Woolston   d. 1928 Southampton

Thomas Henry   b. 20 August 1899 Woolston   d. 1962 Southampton   Left £162 9s to his sister Nellie.

Lily   b. 1901 Woolston   d. 1901 Woolston

Walter Stanley   b. 1904 Woolston   d. 1959 Southampton   Married Thora R. Hatcher in Southampton in 1945.

Doris Winifred   b. 1905 Woolston   d. 1996 Southampton   Married Joseph T. Liddle in Southampton in 1926.


Edward had a claim to fame….he was one of only 710 survivors of the Titanic. At the time of the accident he was a 27 year old Able Seaman, and was actually in the Mess reading when the iceberg was hit.

Under First Officer Murdoch’s instruction, he helped lower lifeboats before finding himself in No. 10 and eventually being picked up by the Carpathia.


HMS Partridge was an “M” class destoyer, launched on 4 March 1916, and she carried a crew of 80.

On December 12 1917, a convoy was being escorted to Norway by Partridge and her sister ship Pellew. They were engaged off the coast of Norway near Bergen by 4 German destroyers.

Outnumbered and outgunned, the result of the engagement was predictable. Pellew, although damaged, was able to escape into a fog bank; Partridge was hit by shell-fire and finally struck by a torpedo in the region of the engine room.

She sunk very quickly. Some reports say that all crew were killed when the torpedo struck, but it is now known that 97 persons died and 24 were taken prisoner. There is no explanation as to why there were 121 persons on board.


Edward was one of the 97 that perished.


Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 22nd June 2016


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