Miss Alice Herman
Alice Herman with her family around 1900 (courtesy of Judith Kunze, USA / Phillip Gowan, USA)
Miss Alice Herman, 24, from Castle Cary, Somerset was born on 6 December 1888. She was the daughter of Samuel Herman (butcher and hotelier) and Jane Herman (née Laver).
She boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a second class passenger together with her twin sister Kate and her parents Samuel and Jane and George Sweet, the adopted son and employee of her father's.
They were bound for Bernardsville, New Jersey, where her mother had a brother. To reach their destination they bought ticket number 220845 for £65.
Alice survived the sinking. She was rescued by the Carpathia in lifeboat 9. After their rescue they went on to her uncle, Mr Laver, at Somerset Hill Country Club, Bernardsville, New Jersey.
Alice Herman married very soon after the disaster to William David Cleland. The had four children, three sons and a daughter.1
Alice Herman Cleland continued to live in Bernardsville, New Jersey, for the rest of her life. She contracted diabetes which hastened her death on 23 March 1947 at the age of 59 and was buried in the St Bernards Episcopal Church Cemetery in Bernardsville.
According to her daughter, Alice never returned to her native England, nor did her sister Kate (who moved on to Portland, Oregon). Their mother, Jane Herman, frequently returned home to visit old family and friends and did not let her experiences on the Titanic get to her.
Articles and Stories
References and Sources
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55)
Steve Coombes, UK
Link and cite this page
(2013) Alice Herman Encyclopedia Titanica (ref: #445, accessed 5th December 2013 01:20:21 AM) URL : http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/titanic-survivor/alice-herman.html
Titanic Passenger and Crew Summary
Name: Miss Alice Herman
Born: Sunday 4th December 1887
Age: 23 years 4 months and 9 days. (Female)
Marital Status: Single.
2nd Class Passengers
First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 220845 , £65
Destination: Bernardsville New Jersey United States
Rescued (boat 9)
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
Died: Sunday 23rd March 1947