Miss Gladys Cherry was born on 27th August, 1881 and lived in London. She boarded the Titanic at Southampton with her cousin the Countess of Rothes. They occupied cabin B-77.
Courtesy: Jeffrey Kern USA
The two ladies were rescued in lifeboat 8 and later Miss Cherry wrote to Able Seaman Thomas Jones who had been in the boat with them in a letter which was published in some newspapers:
LETTER TO TITANIC HERO
Thomas Jones, a native of Anglesey, who was an able seaman on the Titanic, has received the following letter, dated from the Great Northern Hotel, New York:
"I feel I must write and tell you how splendidly you took charge of our boat on the fatal night. There were only four English people in it-my cousin Lady Rothes, her maid, you and myself-and I think you were wonderful.
"The dreadful regret I shall always have, and I know you share with me, is that we ought to have gone back to see whom we could pick up; but if you remember, there was only an American lady, my cousin, self and you who wanted to return. I could not hear the discussion very clearly, as I was at the tiller; but everyone forward and the three men refused; but I shall always remember your words: "ladies, if any of us are saved, remember, I wanted to go back. I would rather drown with them than leave them." You did all you could, and being my own countryman, I wanted to tell you this.
"Yours very truly, Gladys Cherry."
The Henley and South Oxfordshire Standard (incorporating "The Henley Free Press"), 7th June 1912 (p.3)
In an interview Jones said that there were thirty-five ladies and three men in his boat. When he saw the Titanic had sunk he wanted to go back and save some of those struggling in the water, but was overruled.
Gladys Cherry later married George Octavius Shaw Pringle. She died in Godalming, Surrey on 4th May, 1965
References and Sources
The Henley and South Oxfordshire Standard, June 7, 1912 p.3
Judith Geller (1998) Titanic: Women and Children First. Haynes. ISBN
1 85260 594 4
Phillip Gowan, USA
Linda Greaves, USA
Tom Grassia, USA
Jeffrey Kern, USA
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Titanic Passenger and Crew Summary
Name: Miss Gladys Cherry
Born: Saturday 27th August 1881
Age: 30 years
Last Residence: in London London England
Occupation: Of Independent Means
1st Class Passengers
First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 110152 , £86 10s
Cabin No.: B77
Rescued (boat 8)
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
Died: Tuesday 4th May 1965
Travelling Companions (on same ticket)
Miss Roberta Elizabeth Mary Maioni
Lucy Noël Martha, Countess of Rothes
Mr Thomas Dyer-Edwardes Uncle
Mrs Clementina Georgina Lucy Dyer-Edwardes Aunt
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