Gladys Cherry

Miss Gladys Cherry

Gladys Cherry

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.

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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

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Phillip Gowan, USA
Linda Greaves, USA
Tom Grassia, USA
Jeffrey Kern, USA

Articles and Stories

FRONT VIEWS AND PROFILES

Chicago Tribune  (1934) 

FRONT VIEWS AND PROFILES

 
Jones admiration for Countess of Rothes

JONES ADMIRATION FOR COUNTESS OF ROTHES

 
SOCIETY NOTES FROM ABROAD

New York Times  (1912) 

SOCIETY NOTES FROM ABROAD

 
Titanic : The Countess of Rothes and the Phantom Light

New York Herald  (1912) 

TITANIC : THE COUNTESS OF ROTHES AND THE PHANTOM LIGHT

 
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