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Among the large number of souls who perished with the Titanic recently we regret to report that among that number was a young man named Richard Parsons, aged 18, a native of Ashbrittle, and whose relatives still live in the neighbourhood, his father, James Parsons, being an invalid.

The deceased, who a couple of years ago embarked on a seafaring life, was on board the Olympic when it collided with the Hawke, and he left his home about a month ago, and journeyed to Belfast to assist in getting the Titanic ready for her maiden voyage.

He was particularly pleased at being appointed to a post on the largest ship in the world.

Deceased, who was a bright lad and much respected in the village, occupied the position of lift steward on his previous boat, and on the Titanic was a steward in a second-class dining saloon.

He was unable to swim.

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2020) ASHBRITTLE YOUNG MAN PERISHES (Somerset County Gazette, Saturday 27th April 1912, ref: #166, published 11 July 2020, generated 29th July 2021 06:17:44 PM); URL :