Norfolk survivors of the Titanic.
Mr. John Balls from the Norfolk Titanic Association who spoke to us about the Norfolk survivors of the Titanic.
At our meeting on Tuesday of last week, 24th September, 2013, we welcomed John Balls from the Norfolk Titanic Association who spoke to us about the Norfolk survivors of the Titanic. There were on the passenger list only five people from Norfolk but surprisingly all five were named among the survivors of the tragedy. They were (1) Frank Prentice from Downham Market who was a steward and who only signed on the day before the sailing. He helped a Mrs. Clarke into a lifeboat but unfortunately was washed overboard himself but by a happy coincidence it was Mrs. Clarke who hauled him from the water into the lifeboat. (2 and 3) Honeymooners Ted and Ethel Beane who were on their way to the U.S.A. and were Second Class Passengers. They set up home in Rochester, New York State. (4) Mrs. May Howard from North Walsham returning to New York and was a Third Class passenger and (5) Ellen Bird from Old Buckenham who was travelling First Class as the maid for Mrs. Ida Strauss who perished with her husband. Ellen eventually married a Yacht Captain and with her husband worked as housekeepers. John answered many question from the floor and was thanked by Rtn. Hugh Davies.