Courtesy: David Huxtable, UK
Mr Leslie Williams was a blacksmith from Tonypandy, Rhondda, Wales. He
was a professional boxer (bantamweight) and was travelling to the USA
under contract for a series of boxing contests. He was travelling with
a fellow Rhondda boxer, David Bowen, and was
the better known of the two (1). His ring weight was 8 stones 10 pounds
(122 pounds). He was regarded as a promising fighter.
Williams was married with one son. He and Bowen booked passage through the
Cardiff office of Dean and Dawson, tourist and steamship agents, 67 St. Mary
Street, Cardiff (ticket number 54636, £16 2s).
They boarded the Titanic at Southampton as third
class passengers, both died in the sinking.
Williams' body was later recovered by the MacKay
Bennett (#14) and was buried at sea on 22 April 1912.
NO. 14. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE. 28. - HAIR, FAIR.
CLOTHING - Green overcoat; blue serge suit; red striped shirt; two scarves.
EFFECTS - Two pocket books; two gold rings; one pair silver cuff links; ticket; Papers; knife; etc.; £3 10s; and $30 in gold; £2 6s, 6d. in silver and copper Coins.
THIRD CLASS TICKET. - NAME -LESLIE WILLIAMS,
Prof. Boxer 59 Primrose St., Tony Pandy.
They were trained in South Wales by George Cundick. In his younger days George
had been sent to India with the British Army, where he won many trophies for
his boxing talents.
Record of Bodies and Effects: Passengers and Crew, S.S. Titanic (Public
Archives of Nova Scotia)
South Wales Daily News, 17 April 1912, p.12
South Wales Daily News, 10 May 1912, p.5
South Wales Echo, 15th April 1912, p.3
Dave Gittins, Australia
David Huxtable, UK
Sian Prescott, UK
Karan Price, UK (Granddaughter of George Cundick)
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Titanic Passenger and Crew Summary
Name: Mr Leslie Williams
Age: 28 years
Last Residence: in Tonypandy Glamorgan Wales
3rd Class Passengers
First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 54636 , £16 2s
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912).
Body recovered by: Mackay-Bennett (No. 14)
Buried: at Sea on Monday 22nd April 1912.
Travelling Companions (on same ticket)
Mr David John "Dai" Bowen
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