[Probate, Divorce and Admiralty Court hearing]
This was a motion to swear the death of Thomas Parnham Franklin, of Sunningdale, Ceylon Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, who is believed to have lost his life in the steamship Titanic which sailed from Southampton on April 10, 1912, and sank in the Atlantic on a voyage to New York on April 15.
Mr E. F. Lever said that the deceased had written two letters from on board the Titanic, one of them being to his mother, in the course of which he mentioned how he had a conversation with Mr Bruce Ismay about the ship.
The applicant on the motion was the executor appointed by the will of the deceased. Among the affidavits sworn in support of the motion was one sworn by Mr Bruce Ismay, in which he verified the booking of a passage in the Titanic by the deceased, and stated that his name did not appear in the list of the survivors.
The deceased was insured, and the insurance companies had been informed of the application and did not oppose it.
The President [Mr Justice Samuel Evans] after perusing the affidavits, granted leave to swear the death of Thomas Parnham Franklin as having occurred on or since April 15, 1912.
Solicitors J. Deacon, Newton & Co.
(The Times, June 11, 1912, p.3)