Mr. Thomas Bloomfield

Thomas Bloomfield, 50 years of age, was a naturalized United States citizen. Professionally, he was an insurance underwriter from New York City. On board Lusitania, his ticket was 46055 and he stayed in cabin D-25. He was lost when the Lusitania was torpedoed on 7 May 1915. His body was not recovered or not identified.


Thomas Bloomfield was born in England 1865. He had two brothers and one sister. He became a naturalized citizen of the United States on 11 May 1892. On 19 January 1901, he married American native Bessie Ellms. They had no children. Bloomfield had attended the University of Oxford, was graduated from the Law Department of Columbia University in New York City. He was admitted to the bar of the States of New York, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Illinois. Since 1900 he had devoted himself almost entirely to casualty underwriting and reinsurance brokerage business in New York, working for the firm of Ream, Ives, & Wrightson, Inc., eastern managers of the Prudential Casualty. He was general manager of the company for two years and was paid a salary of $6,000 per year. At the time of the Lusitania sinking, Bloomfield was en route to London to arrange for carrying into effect a reinsurance program, in which he was interested with the president of the company employing him and which subsequent to his death proved to be quite remunerative. While on the fatal voyage, Bloomfield became acquainted with Robert Rankin. When Bloomfield he left surviving him a widow, a mother, two brothers, and a married sister. His mother, brothers, and sisters all lived in England. One of his brothers, James Bloomfield resided in Yarmouth, Norfolk and was a boat owner. Bessie Ellms filed a claim with the Mixed Claims Commission, where on 21 February 1924 she was awarded $45,000 for the loss of her husband.

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Thomas Bloomfield at the Mixed Claims Commission
Contributors Cliff Barry Judith Tavares References Mixed Claims Commission, Docket No. 245. The Standard. Volume 76. Web. 9 August 2011. <>.

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