Wallace Henry Hartley

Mr Wallace Henry Hartley

Wallace Henry Hartley

Mr Wallace Henry Hartley, 33, was the son of Albion and Elizabeth Hartley of Colne, Lancashire. But at the time of his death his home was Surreyside, West-Park street, Dewsbury, England. He had led orchestras in Harrogate and Bridlington and was a member of the Savage Club in Leeds.

Hartley, a violinist, worked on the Cunard Liner Mauretania before leaving to become bandmaster on the Titanic. He had a fiancé in Boston Spa, near Wetherby in Yorkshire and spent time with her in that village the week before boarding the Titanic.

After the collision Hartley led the orchestra in playing ragtime tunes.  According to legend they also played the hymn Nearer My God To Thee!

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His body was recovered as #224 on May 4th 1912 the body was transferred from Halifax to Boston for its return to Liverpool on-board the Arabic where it arrived on May 12th. From liverpool the body was taken by hearse to Hartleys boyhood hometown of Colne, Lancashire. The funeral was held at the Bethel Independent Methodist church where hartley had been a choirboy.

NO.224 - MALE - ESTIMATED AGE, 25 - HAIR, BROWN

CLOTHING - Uniform (green facing); brown overcoat; black boots; green socks.

EFFECTS - Gold fountain pen, "W.H.H."; diamond solitaire ring; silver cigarette case; letters; silver match box, marked "W.H.H., from Collingson's staff. Leeds"; telegram to Hotley, Bandmaster "Titanic"; nickel watch; gold chain; gold cigar holder; stud; scissors; 16s; 16 cents; coins.

BANDMASTER WALLACE H. HOTLEY

In 2013 Wallace Harltey's violin was sold at auction for £900,000 ($1.6m).

References and Sources

White Star Line (1912.) Record of Bodies and Effects (Passengers and Crew S.S. "Titanic") Recovered by Cable Steamer "MacKay Bennett" Including Bodies Buried at Sea and Bodies Delivered at Morgue in Halifax, N.S. Public Archives of Nova Scotia, Halifax, N.S., Manuscript Group 100, Vol. 229, No. 3d, Accession 1976-191, 76 pp., unpaged. (#224)
Daily Sketch, April 20, 1912

Pictures

Concert by the Apollo Club, Brooklyn in aid of musicians' families

(1912) 

CONCERT BY THE APOLLO CLUB, BROOKLYN IN AID OF MUSICIANS' FAMILIES

 
White Star liner ARABIC

(1915) 

WHITE STAR LINER ARABIC

 
Wallace Henry Hartley

WALLACE HENRY HARTLEY

 
Wallace Hartley's dressing watch

WALLACE HARTLEY'S DRESSING WATCH

 

Articles and Stories

Brave Musicians of Ship Meet Fate Trying To Drown Cries of the Perishing Passengers

Worcester Evening Gazette  (1912) 

BRAVE MUSICIANS OF SHIP MEET FATE TRYING TO DROWN CRIES OF THE PERISHING PASSENGERS

 
FUNERAL OF THE TITANIC'S BANDMASTER

The Times  (1912) 

FUNERAL OF THE TITANIC'S BANDMASTER

 
RMS Titanic: The Funerals, Memorials and Legacy of the Lost Passengers and Her Crew

Titanic Research  (2007) 

RMS TITANIC: THE FUNERALS, MEMORIALS AND LEGACY OF THE LOST PASSENGERS AND HER CREW

 
MEMORIAL SERVICES ARE PLANNED FOR TITANIC DEAD

Newark Star  (1912) 

MEMORIAL SERVICES ARE PLANNED FOR TITANIC DEAD

 
Violin played as Titanic sunk in 1912 finally discovered!

(2011) 

VIOLIN PLAYED AS TITANIC SUNK IN 1912 FINALLY DISCOVERED!

 
Nearer My God to Thee

NEARER MY GOD TO THEE

 
Wallace Henry Hartley's Grave

WALLACE HENRY HARTLEY'S GRAVE

 
Auctioning the Wallace Hartley Titanic violin

Titanic Research  (2013) 

AUCTIONING THE WALLACE HARTLEY TITANIC VIOLIN

 
The Band That Played On

Titanic Review  (2011) 

THE BAND THAT PLAYED ON

 
Authenticating the Wallace Hartley Titanic Violin

Titanic Research  (2013) 

AUTHENTICATING THE WALLACE HARTLEY TITANIC VIOLIN

 
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External Links

Titanic's Band: Killing Them Softly. Titanic Research  (2004)  TITANIC'S BAND: KILLING THEM SOFTLY.  
Titanic bandmaster's Violin may be sold Lancashire Telegraph  (2011)  TITANIC BANDMASTER'S VIOLIN MAY BE SOLD  
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