Mr Edward Austin Kent
Mr Edward Austin Kent, 58, was born on 19th February, 1854.
He boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg as a first class passenger (ticket number 11771, £29 14s). He occupied cabin B-37.
Edward Kent was an architect returning to his home in Buffalo, NY. He was a friend of Helen Churchill Candee and both were in the writers' group, "Our coterie", with Archibald Gracie, Edward Pomeroy Colley, Hugh Woolner, J. Clinch Smith and Mauritz Håkan Björnström-Steffansson.
On April 14, Mrs Candee was running upstairs to the boatdeck, when she ran into Kent, who was dashing upstairs as well. She persuaded her friend to keep an ivory and gold miniature of her mother. He didn't believe he would survive, but he slipped it in his pocket. Later, as Archibald Gracie was looking for Candee, Kent told him "She is safe and in a boat, Mr Gracie." Kent had escorted Candee into Lifeboat 6 with the help of Woolner and Björnström-Steffansson. At 2:20am, Kent made no struggle to jump as the seas closed over him. He was lost. His body was later found by the crew of the MacKay Bennett (#258). The miniature was still in his pocket, and it was eventually returned to Mrs Candee.
On 1 May 1912 the body was delivered to H. K. White of Boston for transportation back to Buffalo, N.Y.
There is also a memorial plaque to Mr Kent inside the first Unitarian Church, Buffalo, N.Y.
References and Sources
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York;
Philip Hind (Editor)
Katie Rosen, USA
Hermann Söldner, Germany
Craig Stringer, UK
Geoff Whitfield, UK
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