Wednesday, 20 February 2013

 
 
R.M.S. TITANIC VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS
IN CORNWALL
 
 
I couldn't believe how many connections Cornwall had the ship. I've been coming to this county for over thirty years for my holidays. Now I always take my Brian Ticehurst book just in case there's a grave or memorial near where we are visiting. To keep my wife and daughter happy during the hunt around many Cornish churchyards, I would pay  £1 for every grave discovered. It started at fifty pence, but they soon asked for money per grave found. Since my wife passed away my daughter still helps me out,  she's soon to turn twenty and I have to strike a bargain with her before we go grave hunting (she likes it really). So below are the graves and memorials I have found in the beautiful county of Cornwall.
 
 
Barnoon Cemetery, St Ives
(next door to the Tate Gallery)
 
William Carbines
 
 
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Inscription Reads
William Carbines
Grand-Son Of The Above And Beloved Son Of
Nicholas & Jane Carbines
Who Was Drowned On Board The S.S. Titanic
15th April 1912
Aged 19 Years
William Carbines, travelled as a Second Class Passenger on the Titanic, he died in the disaster. His body was recovered by the Mackay-Bennett. His body was returned to St Ives for Burial on 30th May 1912 he was laid to rest with his grandparents. Over five hundred mourners turned out for his funeral, his was the first grave in Cornwall that found.
 
 Steven Curnow Jenkins 
 
 
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Inscription Reads
Also
Steven Curnow
Son Of The Above
Who Lost His Life
In The Titanic Disaster
April 15th 1912
Aged 32 Years
 
Below is the location of the Jenkins grave, it not far from William Carbines

Steven Curnow Jenkin, travelled as a Second Class Passenger on the Titanic, he was wasn't supposed to travel on the Titanic to America, but due to the coal strike he was transferred to the doomed liner. He died in the disaster, if his body was recovered, it was never identified.
 
Helston Cemetery, Cornwall 
 
Frederick James Banfield
 
 
Inscription Reads
Frederick James Banfield
Drowned In The Titanic Disaster
April 14th 1912 Aged 28 Years
Frederick James Banfield, Travelled as a Second Class Passenger on the Titanic, he died in the disaster. If his body was recovered it was never identified.
 
St Neots Cemetery, St Neots, Cornwall
 
John Henry Chapman
Sarah Elizabeth Chapman

 
 
Inscription Reads
In
Loving Memory Of
John Henry Chapman
Aged 35 Years
Also Of His Wife
Sarah Elizabeth Chapman
Aged 30 Years
Who Lost Their Lives Through The
Sinking Of The Disaster in 1912
Mr and Mrs Chapman, travelled as Second Class Passenger on the Titanic, both died in the disaster. James Henry Chapman's body was recovered by the Mackay- Bennett and was buried in the Fairview Lawn Cemetery in Nova Scotia.
Sarah Elizabeth Chapman's body, if recovered, it was never identified.
 
Paul Cemetery, Paul, Penzance
 
Emily Richards 
 
 
 
 
 
Inscription Reads
Emily Richards
Died Nov 10th 1972 Aged 85 Years



The House Where Emily Richards, Penzance, Cornwall

Emily Richards, travelled as a Second Class Passenger on the Titanic, she survived the disaster along with her two sons, Sibley George Richards and William Rowe Richards. Also on the Titanic was her mother, Elizabeth Hocking, her sister, Nellie Hocking her Aunt , Ellen Wilkes. Emily lived out the rest of her life in Cornwall, then on 10th November 1972 she passed away and was buried in Paul Cemetery near Penzance
 
Sibley George Richards
(son of the above)
 
 
Inscription Reads
In Loving Memory Of
Sibley George Richards
Who Died 4th December 1987
Aged 76 Years
Sibley George Richards, Travelled Second Class with his mother and brother, at the time of the disaster he was only 10 months old. In 1914 he returned to west Cornwall with his parents and brother. He passed away on 4th December 1964, a month before his brother Willy, he was buried in Paul Cemetery along with his wife.
 
Longstone Cemetery, Carbis Bay, St Ives
 
William Rowe Richards
(brother of above)
 
Location Of His Grave 
 
 Inscription Reads
In
Loving Memory Of
(my Bill)
Beloved Husband Of Grace
William Rowe Richards
Died 9th Jan 1988 Aged 78 years
William (Willy) Rowe Richards, was only three years old at the time of the disaster. He continued to live in west Cornwall until he passed away on 9th Jan 1988. He was buried in the Longstone Cemetery, Carbis Bay, St Ives.
 
 Penzance 
 
Elizabeth Hocking
 
 
Elizabeth lived in this house in Penzance, Cornwall
 
Elizabeth Hocking, she travelled as a Second Class Passenger on the Titanic, Elizabeth survived the disaster and then went on to live in Akron, until she was killed in car accident on on the second anniversary of the Sinking of the Titanic. She was buried the Glendale Cemetery.
 
 
Ellen (Nellie) Hocking
(daughter of above)
 
Ellen Hocking, travelled as a Second Class Passenger on the Titanic, she survived the disaster. She lived out the rest of life living in Schenectady, until she passed away on 14th October 1963.
 
 
Richard George Hocking
(brother of above)
 
Richard George Hocking, travelled as a Second Class Passenger on the Titanic, he died in the disaster. If his body was recovered, it was never identified. Richard was born in the above house in Penzance
 
St Keverne Church and Churchyard, St Keverne
 
 Stephen Hold
Margaret Annie Hold
 
 
Inscription Reads
In Loving Memory Of
Annie Margaret Bailey
Beloved Wife Of Northey Bailey
Died March 1st 1960
Aged 76
Late Of Four Winds, Rowland's Castle
Survivor Of SS Titanic
Stephen and Margaret hold, travelled as Second Class Passengers on the Titanic, Stephen died in the Disaster. If his body was recovered, it was never identified.
Margaret Hold, lived out the rest of her in St Keverne, where she married Joseph Northey Bailey. On the 1st March 1960, she passed away and was buried in the churchyard of St Keverne.
 
John Richard Jago Smith
 
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Inscription Reads
J.R. Jago Smith
Who Perished On Board
The "Titanic"
April 14th 1912
Aged 35 Years
 
Plaque Inside The Church 
 
Inscription On Plaque Reads
To The Glory Of God And In The Memory Of
John R Jago Smith
Of The Transatlantic Post Office
Who Died On Duty In The Foundering
Of The S.S. Titanic April 15th 1912
By This Tablet The Members Of
The Postal And Telegraph Services
Record Their Deep Sorrow At His Death

Location of Annie Hold & John R Jago Smith Graves
John R Jago Smith,was employed by the Post Office on the Titanic. He worked with colleague James B Williamson and three American Clerks, William L. Gwinn, John S. March and Oscar S. Woody
John R Jago Smith, died in the disaster along with his colleagues. If his body was recovered, it was never identified.
 
 
 
St Endellion Parish Church
 
Frank Couch
 
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Inscription Reads
Frank
Who Was Lost Drowned In The
Titanic 15th 1912
Aged 28 Years
Frank Couch, was a Able Bodied Seaman on the Titanic, he died in the disaster. His body was recovered by the Mackay- Bennett and he was given the number 253. On 6th May 1912 he was laid to rest in the Fairview Cemetery, Nova scotia,
I've been driving past this church for many years, little did I realise that there was a someone from the Titanic mentioned on a family headstone.

 
Breage Parish Church
 
William Gilbert 
 
 
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Inscription Reads
Also Of William
Their Beloved Son
Who Lost His Life In The
Wreck Of The Titanic
April 15th 1912
Aged 47
William Gilbert, travelled as a Second Class Passenger on the Titanic, he died in the disaster. If his body was recovered, it was never identified.

 
 
Above is a map of the located of William Gilbert's grave. On the left hand side there's another grave of interest. it belongs to Dora Millicent Richards who drowned in the sinking of the Lusitania.
 
Calstock Churchyard
 
Harry Gale
Shadrach Gale
(brothers)
 
 
Inscription Reads

Harry
Aged 38 Years
And
Shadrach
Aged 34 Years
Who Lost Their Lives in
 The Titanic Disaster
April 14th 1912
Harry and Shadrach gale, both travelled as Second Class Passengers on the Titanic, both Died in the disaster. If their bodies were recovered, they were never identified.
 
Landrake Cemetery
 
Richard James Slemen
 
 
 
 
 
Inscription Reads
Richard James Son Of W & A.L. Slemen
Was Lost On The Titanic April 14th 1912 Aged 35 Years
Richard James Slemen, travelled as a Second Class Passenger on the Titanic, he died in the disaster. If his body was recovered, it was never identified.

 
Richard Slemen's Grave is in the corner by the gate
 
Constantine Churchyard
 
James Veal
 
 
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 Inscription Reads
James Veal
Born November 20 1871
Drowned By The Sinking Of
The Steamship Titanic
In
Latitude 41-46 N
Longitude 50-14 W
April 15th 1912
James Veal, travelled as a Second Class Passenger on the Titanic, he died in the disaster. If his body was recovered, it was never identified.
 
Truro Cathedral 
 
Edwy Arthur West
Ada Mary West
Constance Miriam West
Barbara Joyce West 
 
 Plaque found on the North Wall Of the Cathedral
Edwy Arthur West and his family, travelled as Second Class Passengers, he died in the disaster. If his body was recovered, it was never identified.
Ada Mary West, lived out the remainder of her life in Truro, she passed away five day after the forty first anniversary of her husband death. 20th April 1953 aged 74
Constance Miriam west, remained in Cornwall for the rest of her life, she passed away in 1963 in the Cornish town of Penzance.
Barbara Joyce West, she became a teacher which meant she lived at a few locations after the disaster, she also refused to talk about the Titanic. On 16th October 2007 Aged 96, she sadly passed away and she was one of the last surviving passengers from the Titanic. 
 
 All Photos Taken And Owned By DPPearce of Darrin's Photography
 
 
I would like to thank Brian Ticehurst who book pointed me in the right direction in finding the graves
Also thank to the members of the public who discovered them.




3 comments:

  1. Fascinating. There's a stained glass window dedicated to William Gilbert now in Helston Museum but when I visited a couple of weeks ago, the volunteer staff didn't know what church it had come from.

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