The Titanic

Ben Howard formerly of Saddleworth pictured with his wife Ellen

Sarah, in Wiltshire, where he later married Ellen Truelove Arman, and became a Foreman bolt maker by trade. He had left Southampton with his wife to visit his son’s in Buhl, Idaho, America on board the Titanic. (Ticket number 24065) at a cost of £26, he was not in the best of health. Sadly, they both perished in the disaster, and their bodies never recovered.

After a recent visit to see his brother Philip Wright, a supervisor who lived at Stocks Lane, Stalybridge, who worked at the nearby T. Mills & Sons corn mills, at Portland Place, Fred Wright aged 24, joined the Titanic Crew as a Squash racquet court attendant. He went down on the Titanic and his body was never recovered. Interestingly another victim was William Watson, aged 27, a well known Bredbury man of Bents Lane, who was a stoker on the White Star Liner, and served on many of their boats. His body was recovered wearing a boiler suit, no shoes, or stockings, with a pipe, and

Fred Wright purse containing just 13s 11d, by the ship Mackay-Bennett. He was subsequently buried at sea. ‘Nearer to god than thee’.

Another victim was Mr. Thornton Davidson, a Canadian businessperson and friend of Max Aitken MP, the MP, for Ashton under Lyne, who a week earlier had visited the town as his guest at a dinner held in the town. The First class ticket had cost £50 from Southampton. He also drowned on the Titanic, fortunately his wife Orian was rescued in a lifeboat. One victim was Frank Hubert Maybery. He had married Frances Ella Hadfield a former teacher of Ashton under Lyne, on the 10th June 1907, at Greenacres Chapel, Oldham. In addition, Glossop born Leonard Taylor, who was a Turkish Bath Attendant on the ship, perished on the Titanic, his father once worked at Woods Baths in the town, and his brother had kept the Drovers Arms. Leonard wrote a postcard to his parents from the ship, ‘A photo taken yesterday of my ship, this gives you an idea of its enormous size. I arrived quite safe, comfort digs; the coal strike delayed me in writing a letter’. The postcard later sold at Christies for £4,000 many years later.

Annie Gee born Werneth Low, Hyde married Samuel Woodhead (whose family once kept a grocer’s shop on the corner of Vaudrey Street & Grosvenor Street, Castle Hall, Stalybridge,) at Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA, on April 8th 1912, sadly all their wedding presents from the family in England went down on the ship. It was also rumoured George Cornett a former barber, of the Mount, Stalybridge, visiting relatives in America, was also a victim, however a check of the passenger list failed to discover his name. Fortunately, for him, he had sailed the same day from Liverpool, on the White Star Liner the ‘Cymric’ a wise decision indeed.

All the churches in the surrounding vicinity of Saddleworth, Glossop, Stalybridge, Ashton, Oldham, in fact nationwide, held memorial services, the Sunday following the disaster, and a Titanic fund was organised to help those families in need.

Finally while researching ‘Eternal Echoes’ we travelled to Sheffield to locate the Steel Manufacturer for the Titanic, after extensive research we found it was not made there as thought, but in Motherwell, Scotland, by David Colville & Sons Ltd, Dalzell Works. No doubt, the Titanic will continue to unravel further secrets over

Thornton Davidson

time, as the structure slowly disappears into eternity, but not the memories.

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