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Clerkenwell Titanic victim signed on the day liner left

16 February, 2018

Titanic in Southampton before the fateful voyage

• APRIL 15 will mark the 106th anniversary of the tragic sinking of the Titanic in which 1,492 souls were lost.

Among them was Everett Edward Elliott, who lived in Wilmington Street, Clerkenwell. At only 24 years of age, he signed on as a trimmer on April 10, 1912, on the morning the Titanic left Southampton. His body, recovered by rescue ship Mackay-Bennett, lies in Halifax municipal cemetery.

Another London resident lost was William Barnett Bedford, the ship’s night baker. He arranged with six bell-boys for hot bread to be given to passengers awaiting lifeboats, hopelessly. His body and those of five bell-boys were never found.

The Rev Juozas Montvilla, of St Casimir’s Lithuanian Catholic Church, in Hackney, refused a lifeboat place “for officers”. His body too was never found. May they always be remembered.

Author, Titanic’s Forgotten Heroes;
The Mystery Ship that Failed Titanic;
Titanic’s Lost Ballet Company
Wynyatt Street, EC1


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