LONDON, Nov. 8 (AP) Barbara West Dainton, believed to have been one of the last two survivors from the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, died Oct. 16 in Camborne, England. She was 96.
Her death, at a nursing home, was confirmed by Peter Visick, a distant relative. The news was not announced until after her funeral, which was on Monday at Truro Cathedral.
Elizabeth Gladys Dean of Southampton, England, known as Millvina, who was 2 months old at the time the Titanic sank, is now the only remaining survivor, according to the Titanic Historical Society. The last American survivor, Lillian Gertrud Asplund, died in Massachusetts last year at the age of 99.
Ms. Dainton, born in Bournemouth, in southern England, in 1911, was too young to remember the night when the huge liner hit an iceberg and sank in the Atlantic on April 14 and 15, 1912, killing 1,500 people, including her father, Edwy Arthur West.
He waved farewell as the lifeboat carrying Barbara; her mother, Ada; and her sister, Constance, was lowered into the ocean, according to Karen Kamuda of the Titanic Historical Society in Springfield, Mass.
The family returned to England after the disaster. Barbara West married William Ernest B. Dainton in 1952.
Throughout her life, she avoided all publicity associated with the Titanic.