Walter John van Billiard

Master Walter John van Billiard

Walter John van Billiard

Master Walter John van Billiard was born in France, on 28 February 1903, the younger son of Austin Blyer van Billiard and Maude Murray.

Walter boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a third class passenger , together with his father and brother James

Walter lost his life in the sinking. His body, was identified by the Red Cross as the very first to be recovered by the MacKay Bennett (1).

NO. 1. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE. - 10-12. - HAIR. LIGHT.

CLOTHING - Overcoat, grey; one grey coat; one blue coat; grey woolen jersey; white shirt; grey knickers; black stockings; black boots

EFFECTS - Purse containing few Danish coins and ring; two handkerchiefs Marked "A".

PROBABLY THIRD CLASS

The body was returned to Halifax and, following communicationon 2 May, were forwarded two days later to North Wales, Pennsylvania. Walter van Billiard at his father were buried at Union Cemetery, Zion Lutheran Church, Flourtown, Pennsylvania.

Notes
1. Because of the effects recovered with the body there has to be some doubt over the authenticity of the identification.

Documents
Record of Bodies and Effects: Passengers and Crew, S.S. Titanic (Public Archives of Nova Scotia) (#1)

References
Judith Geller (1998) Titanic: Women and Children First. Haynes. ISBN 1 85260 594 4
Brian Ticehurst (1996) Titanic's Memorials World wide: Where they are Located. ISBN 1 871733 05 7

Acknowledgements
Judith Geller, USA
Haynes Publishing, UK

Pictures

The Van Billiard Brothers

(1912) 

THE VAN BILLIARD BROTHERS

 
Kearsley/Christ Church Hospital

KEARSLEY/CHRIST CHURCH HOSPITAL

 

Articles and Stories

NORTH WALES PEOPLE NOT AMONG SURVIVORS

North American  (1912) 

NORTH WALES PEOPLE NOT AMONG SURVIVORS

 
NORTH WALES VICTIMS OF THE TITANIC ARRIVE

North American  (1912) 

NORTH WALES VICTIMS OF THE TITANIC ARRIVE

 
Van Billiard monument, side view

VAN BILLIARD MONUMENT, SIDE VIEW

 
Van Billiard family monument

VAN BILLIARD FAMILY MONUMENT

 
LOST HIS BROTHER ON TITANIC

Daily Home News  (1912) 

LOST HIS BROTHER ON TITANIC

 
Van Billiard (Red Cross)

VAN BILLIARD (RED CROSS)

 
VAN BILLIARD BOYS MAY HAVE STUCK TO FATHER

Daily Home News  (1912) 

VAN BILLIARD BOYS MAY HAVE STUCK TO FATHER

 
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