Mr 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!
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.
In 2013 Wallace Harltey's violin was sold at auction for £900,000 ($1.6m).
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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)
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Titanic Passenger and Crew Summary
Name: Mr Wallace Henry Hartley
Born: Sunday 2nd June 1878
Age: 33 years (Male)
Last Residence: in Dewsbury Yorkshire England
2nd Class Passengers
First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 250654
Cabin No.: E
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912).
Body recovered by: Mackay-Bennett (No. 224)
Buried: Colne Lancashire England
Travelling Companions (on same ticket)