Mr Arthur Ernest Nicholson, 64, from the Isle of Wight, boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a first class passenger (ticket number 693, £26).
He was enroute to New York City to visit his elderly sister. He was primarily coming to assist her financially and to make necessary arrangements for her care in her advancing years.
He died in the sinking, his body was later recovered by the MacKay Bennett.
NO. 263. - MALE. - HAIR AND MOUSTACHE, GREY.
CLOTHING - Light tweed suit; brown waistcoat.
EFFECTS - Pearl scarf pin; "N" on book; gold watch and chain; gold pencil case; horseshoe cut diamond pin; glasses; gold cuff links; 3 gold studs; £9 in gold in pocketbook.
NAME - A. S. NICHOLSON
His sister requested that the remains be shipped to New York. This was done under the care of F. E. Campbell (214 West 23rd St.) on 6th May 1912. Rather than return the body to England, she buried her brother at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Bronx, New York. Coincidentally, Arthur Nicholson was buried within a few feet of Charles H. Chapman, another Titanic passenger whose body was also recovered. Nicholson and Chapman are among four known Titanic victims buried at Woodlawn Cemetery. The others were Alexander Holverson and Isidor Straus.
A large stone was erected over Nicholson's grave, but there was no mention of the Titanic disaster. The inscription, which has slightly faded over time, reads:
(Courtesy of Michael A. Findlay, USA)
There is no record of what became of Mr Nicholson's sister. She did receive assistance from various relief agencies that we established following the disaster. As she was dependent upon her brother, his death more than likely left her in needy circumstances. Interestingly, when she eventually passed away, she was not buried with her brother.
References and Sources
Record of Bodies and Effects: Passengers and Crew, S.S. Titanic (Public Archives of Nova Scotia) (#263)
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55)
Michael A. Findlay, USA
Articles and Stories
Shore Press (1912)
Evening Times (1912)
New York Times (1912)