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Brenchley Ernest George MITTELL  1891 - 1981

aka Brenchley Ernest G. Mittell, Brenchley E. G. Mittell, B. E. G. Mittell, Brenchley Mittell, B. E. Mittell, B. Mittell
nationality
occupation electrical engineer
birth 7 Dec 1891, Hastings, Sussex, Kent, UK
baptism
death .. July/Aug/Sep 1981, Barnet, Middlesex, ENGLAND
burial
marriage Married in .. Jan/Feb/Mar 1915, Maidstone, Malling, Kent:
Muriel Hadrill CLAYTON

b. .. Oct/Nov/Dec 1893, Oundle, Huntingdonshire/Northamptonshire
d. .. Apr/May/June 1967, Amersham, Buckinghamshire

children
  • Peter

    b. .. July/Aug/Sep 1919, Lewisham (GRO 1d / 1668)
    d. 23 Mar 1941 on war service, Hayes, Middlesex) (of Hayes Court, Hayes

  • Sheila

    b. .. July/Aug/Sep 1923, Lewisham (GRO 1d / 1747)
    d. ..................


PARENTS

father Henry John MITTELL

b. .. July/Aug/Sep 1874, Maidstone, Kent
d. .................

mother Rosa Ann H. GEGAN

b. .. April/May/June 1870, Maidstone, Kent
d. ...................

marriage Got married in .. Oct/Nov/Dec 1891, Hastings, Sussex
children
  • Brenchley Ernest George

    b. 7 Dec 1891, Hastings, Sussex, Kent, UK
    d. .. July/Aug/Sep 1981, Barnet, Middlesex, ENGLAND


LIFE


Head of International Artists’ Department (he was also Head of record production).
After a successful career in the technical side of the company Mittell retired in 1957.
Patents (1924 & 1927)
Address in 1927: Iver Paddock, Iver, Buckinghamshire



Brenchley MITTELL (32y6m) electrical engineer
+ Horace L. Tucker BUCKLE (48y) manager
SS "BERENGARIA"
dep.: 14 June 1924, Southampton
arr.: 21 June 1924, New York
destination: The Victor Talking Machine Co., Camden, NJ
Home address B.M.: Iver Paddock, Iver, Buckinghamshire
Home address H.L.T.B.: Brookside, Yiewsley, Middlesex


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[In 1925] Arthur Clarke (not: Alfred Clark !!!) and [Brenchley] Mittell of the Gramophone Company (Laboratory), Hayes, Middlesex, England, came to the Victor Company to study the system and ...
(source: Memoir of my Career at Victor Talking Machine Company by Harry O. Sooy (online David Sarnoff Library))


Brenchley MITTELL (33y; Married) engineer
+ Arthur S. CLARKE (40y; SINGLE) engineer
SS "MAURETANIA"
dep.: 11 April 1925, Southampton
arr.: 18 April 1925, NY
business c/o The Victor Talking Machine Co., Camden, NJ
Arthur S. Clarke's father: T. CLARKE, Bolingbroke Grove, London, SW 11



Brenchley MITTELL (33y)
SS "MINNEWASKA
dep.: .. May 1925, New York
arr.: 1 June 1925, London via Cherbourg
Home address: Iver Paddock, Iver, Buckinghamshire

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Brenchley E. MITTELL (35y)
SS "BERENGARIA"
dep.: 29 Dec 1926, Southampton
arr.: 4 Jan 1927, New York



Brenchley MITTELL (35y) engineer
SS "MINNEWASKA"
dep.: .... 1927, New York
arr.: 7 Feb 1927, London via Cherbourg

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Brenchley E. G. MITTELL engineer
SS "HOMERIC"
dep.: 13 May 1931, Southampton
arr.: 20 May 1931, New York



Brenchley E. G. MITTELL (39y) engineer
SS "EMPRESS OF FRANCE"
dep. .... 1931, Quebec, CANADA
arr. 20 June 1931, Southampton, ENGLAND

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Brenchley MITTELL
+ Muriel MITTELL
SS "............"
dep.: ....... 1933, Southampton
arr.: 24 June 1933, Quebec, CANADA



Brenchley MITTELL (41y)
+ Muriel MITTELL (39y)
SS "EMPRESS AUSTRALIA"
dep. 27 June, Detroit, Michigan
arr. 13 Aug 1933
c/o AMERICAN RADIO CORP., 30 Rockfellow [= Rockefeller] Plaza, NYC

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Brenchley MITTELL
SS "............"
dep.: ..... 1935,
arr.: ..... 1935,



Brenchley E. MITTELL (44y) engineer
SS "AQUITANIA"
dep.: .. Dec 1935, New York
arr.: 20 Dec 1935, Southampton
Home address: "Taeda", Windsor Road, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire

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Brenchley MITTELL (44y) manager
+ Muriel MITTELL (42y)
SS "QUEEN MARY"
dep.: 27 May 1936, Southampton
arr.: 1 June 1936, New York



Brenchley MITTELL (44y) engineer
+ Muriel MITTELL (43y)
SS "EMPRESS OF BRITAIN"
dep.: .. June 1936, Quebec, CANADA
arr.: 2 July 1936, Southampton
Home address: "Taeda", Windsor Road, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire

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Brenchley Ernest George MITTELL (45y) manager
+ Muriel MITTELL (43y)
SS "AQUITANIA"
dep.: 5 May 1937, Southampton
arr.: 11 May 1937, New York
NORGE CORPORATION, Detroit, Michigan



Brenchley E. G. MITTELL (45y) engineer
+ Muriel MITTELL (43y)
SS "EMPRESS OF BRITAIN"
dep.: .. June 1937, Quebec, CANADA:
arr.: 17 June 1937, Southampton
Home address: "Taeda", Windsor Road, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire

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Walter Legge's chief was Brenchley Mittell, a somewhat remote figure who had become head of the International Artists' Department in 1946 (he was also head of ...



Brenchley E. G. MITTELL (55y) electrical engineer
SS "QUEEN ELIZABETH"
dep.: 4 June 1947, Southampton
arr.: 9 June 1947, New York



Brenchley MITTELL (55y) engineer
SS "QUEEN ELIZABETH"
dep.: ..... 1947, New York
arr.: 7 July 1947, Southampton
Home address: Hayes Court, Church Green, Hayes

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Brenchley E. G. MITTELL (57y)
SS "PARTHIA"
dep.: 12 Nov 1949, Liverpool
arr.: 21 Nov 1949, New York, USA



Brenchley MITTELL (58y)
SS "MEDIA"
dep.: .. Dec 1949, New York, USA
arr.: 17 Dec 1949, Liverpool, ENGLAND

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Brenchley MITTELL (58y)
+ Muriel MITTELL (56y)
SS "QUEEN ELIZABETH"
dep.: 25 May 1950, Southampton
arr.: 30 May 1950, New York



Brenchley MITTELL (58y)
+ Muriel MITTELL (56y)
SS ".............."
dep.: .... 1950, ..........
arr.: .... 1950, ..........

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Brenchley MITTELL (58y)
SS "QUEEN ELIZABETH"
dep.: 16 Nov 1950, Southampton
arr.: 21 Nov 1950, New York



Brenchley MITTELL (59y)
SS "QUEEN ELIZABETH"
dep.: .. Dec 1950, New York
arr.: 13 Dec 1950, Southampton
Home address: Hayes Court, Church Green, Hayes, Middlesex

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Brenchley MITTELL (59y)
+ Muriel MITTELL (58y)
SS "QUEEN ELIZABETH"
dep.: 21 Nov 1951, Southampton
arr.: 27 Nov 1951, New York



Brenchley MITTELL (60y)
+ Muriel MITTELL (58y)
RMS "QUEEN ELIZABETH"
dep.: .. Dec 1951, New York
arr.: 19 Dec 1951, Southampton
Home address: Hayes Court, Church Green, Hayes, Middlesex

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Brenchley MITTELL (61y)
"MAURETANIA"
dep.: 22 Jan 1952, Southampton
arr.: 28 Jan 1952, New York
Gotham Hotel, 35th St and Fifth Avenue, New York, NY



Brenchley MITTELL (60y)
"QUEEN ELIZABETH"
dep.: .. Feb 1952, New York
arr.: 25 Feb 1952, Southampton
Home address: Hayes Court, Church Green, Hayes, Middlesex

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Brenchley MITTELL (60y)
SS "QUEEN ELIZABETH"
dep.: 15 Mar 1952, Southampton
arr.: 20 Mar 1952, New York



Brenchley MITTELL (60y) engineer
RMS "QUEEN ELIZABETH"
dep.: .. Apr 1952, New York
arr.: 14 Apr 1952, Southampton
Home address: Hayes Court, Church Green, Hayes, Middlesex


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Brenchley MITTELL (60y)
+ Muriel MITTELL (58y)
RMS "MAURETANIA"
dep.: .. June 1952, Southampton
arr.: 13 June 1952, New York
Gotham Hotel, New York City, NY

B. Mittell is mentioned at the top of letter from H. A. M. Clark with list of engineers (dated 9 March 1954)


NOTES

  • A Voice in Time by Jerrold Northrop Moore, p. 238
  • Walter Legge: words and music by Alan Sanders (Routledge, 1998)
  • Memoir of my Career at Victor Talking Machine Company by Harry O. Sooy (online David Sarnoff Library)


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