Thomas Whiteley sought compensation in connection with the Titanic disaster.

Nottingham Evening Post

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At the West London County Court yesterday Thomas Whiteley, a music hall artist, made application to his Honour Sir W. Lucius Selfe, for a payment into court from a sum which had been paid into his credit, in connection with the Titanic disaster.

In replying to his Honour, applicant said he jumped from the ship, and had a leg broken among the wreckage.  After being five hours in the water he was pulled into one of the boats.  He had been in the hospital since, and had had such a dose of sea water that it was found necessary to take out his stomach and replace it.  He had been in hospital till two months ago, and had now succeeded in obtaining an engagement as baritone in the chorus of "Mademoiselle Champagne," which Mr. Durrant Swain was producing at Plymouth on Monday.

His Honour: What do you want now?

Applicant: My mother has had to keep me for two years , and I want £25 for her.
His Honour: And the balance?
Applicant: I'll leave it to your Honour.
His Honour: Well, I'll take care of it for you.  There will be an order for payment of £25 to Mrs. Whiteley.

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2013) A TITANIC SURVIVOR : MUSIC HALL ARTIST'S ORDEAL IN HOSPITAL (Nottingham Evening Post, Thursday 28th May 1914, ref: #19275, published 25 January 2013, generated 25th July 2021 03:40:58 PM); URL : https://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/a-titanic-survivor-music-hall-artists-ordeal-in-hospital.html