Haunting reminders of Titanics grim death toll
10:42am Monday 11th April 2011
FOR some, their memory is recalled in old, grainy photographs, for others, a headstone in a cemetery, although many more do not even have this
as a lasting memorial.
It was once written: To many poor souls there is nothing to remember them by, except the wreck of RMS . The faces, in the
series of small portraits from long ago, are haunting reminders of the terrible loss of life once visited on families whose homes were in the narrow streets of Southamptons dockland.
These characters will be remembered next week as Southampton, once again, marks the anniversary of the sinking of in 1912.
Ever since that day, 99 years ago, in the freezing waters of the Atlantic, the story of Titanic, her passengers and crew has become familiar around the world, although nowhere mourns the loss more
than Southampton, from where the liner set sail on her fateful maiden voyage.
The centenary of the disaster is to be marked by a number of special Southampton events during 2012, and two fascinating books have been published, remembering the citys terrible toll of death
forever associated with the name Titanic.
Both publications have been researched and compiled by the same author, the highly respected Titanic historian Brian Ticehurst, from ,
They are remarkable pieces of work, from one of the countrys leading authorities on Titanic.
For almost 40 years Brian has meticulously collected, recorded, and archived many thousands of pieces of information about the White Star liner, and the culmination of this exhaustive work is his
The first, Titanic Victims Discovered in the Old Cemetery, The Common, Southampton, is an updated version of an earlier book by Brian. Within its pages are accounts of the lives and deaths of 57
local Titanic passengers and crew members, whose memorials are among the 116,000 people buried on the Common.
The first name mentioned is Henry Price Hodges, a wealthy shop owner, who once lived in Lane, who, at the age of 50, did not survive Titanics
collision with the iceberg.
Buried in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, he is remembered by an inscription on his wife Ellens grave in the Old Cemetery.
Before his death, Henry Hodges, a passenger in second class, wrote a letter, dated April 10, while on Titanic, to a friend in Southampton, saying: You do not notice anything of the movement of
this ship, but the weather is very fine.
On the top deck there are about 20 boys, from 20 upwards, marching round and singing. Others are playing dominoes and cards in the saloons. Some are reading, some writing. The last person listed
in the book is William Mintram, from Chapel Road, Southampton, who was once jailed for manslaughter.
Born in Hampshire in 1866, Mintram had just been released from jail for stabbing his wife, who is buried in an unmarked grave on the Common, when he joined Titanic as a fireman.
Although Mintram saved the life of his sonin- law, Walter Hurst, who was also a crew member, by giving him a lifejacket, he himself did not survive and his body was never found.
The second of Brians books can only be described as being on an encyclopaedic scale, as it contains a total of 109 tightly-packed pages full of Titanic information.
Entitled Titanic Memorials, Worldwide, the publication contains an incredible listing of the memorials, grave sites and headstones of both the victims and those who survived, in the UK and
This is the 25th, and most comprehensive, edition of Brians compilation, which is essential reading for anyone interested in Titanic.
Among the many details Brian reveals is the fact that there are more than 1,156 memorials, gravestones, plaques and places of remembrance connected with Titanic in 35 different countries.
Included in these are nine to Titanics master, Captain Edward Smith, and 20 to the musicians who are said to have continued playing during the sinking.
The biggest concentration of graves and memorials is in Southampton, with more than 179 sites, followed by Halifax, Canada, where many of those who died are buried, with in excess of 157, while New
York has more than 115.
Titanic Victims Discovered in the Old Cemetery, by Brian Ticehurst, is published by Southampton City Council and costs 4.99.
Titanic Memorials World-wide, by Brian Ticehurst, is published by BJ Printers, and is priced 7.