Mr Pål (Paul) Edvin Andreasson was born in Hallaryd, Kronoberg, Sweden on 21 March 1892.
He was the son of Andreas Nilsson (b. 1856) and Emma Pålsdotter (b. 1864) and had six siblings: Ernst Ivar (b. 1885), Alma Charlotta (b. 1886), Annie Teresia (b. 1889), Nils Valter (b. 1903), Agda Valborg (b. 1904) and Nils Seved (b. 1906).
Pål had been in training for seven years to become a smith in Kalfsnäs, Kalfshult, Hallaryd and was unmarried. His brother Ernest had emigrated to the USA several years previous and lived in Chicago, Illinois and Pål decided to join him there. Travelling from Sweden via Denmark he bought his ticket (ticket number 347466 which cost £7, 17s, 1d ) for the Titanic in Copenhagen. He boarded at Southampton as a third class passenger along with his travelling companions Albert Augustsson, Carl Jonsson, Nils Johansson and Olga Lundin. He had some 500-600 Kr with him and was travelling to his brother at 8109 Sherman Avenue, Chicago.
Pål Andreasson died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.
The Mansion House Fund paid 872.52 Kr (£48) to his parents with a further 924 Kr in damage claims was paid on 5 October 1914.
References and Sources
Mansion House Titanic Relief Fund Booklets and Minute Books
Claes-Göran Wetterholm (1988, 1996, 1999) Titanic. Prisma, Stockholm. ISBN 91 518 3644 0
Gavin Bell, UK
Leif Snellman, Finland
Claes-Göran Wetterholm, Sweden