Of the three remaining survivors, Milvena Dean has spoken many times about Titanic, Lillian Asplund has spoken with some TI people about the sinking- but what about Barbara West? Has she given interviews?
Does she remeber the sinking?
I know Barbara West hasn't/ does not wish to discuss the Titanic, but are there any photos of her around? Either from the time of the disaster or more recent. I've always been a little curious as to what she looks like.
I am not aware of any photo of Barbara (West) Dainton being available. It is unfortunate being that she is one of the few survivors still alive today. I knew her elder sister, Miriam, for a few years back in the late 1940s.
Rumours of Barbara West Dainton's passing have been "exaggetated" on several occasions to put a polite spiun on it. Unless you hear it from a reliable source with confirmation, I wouldn't believe it. Especially if it comes in by way of e-mail.
I wonder why people feel the need to start a rumour that someone has died anyway. Mrs. Dainton is 95 years old so its not going to be a shock when she does pass away. However, until this lady does, people should have more respect for the living.
I think the story originated from careless media reports. Millvina Dean has sometimes been referred to as the last survivor, implying that Barbara West had died. Much the same happened when Lillian Asplund died. She was called the last survivor when she was only the last American survivor.
Here's the passage in question, from the BBC no less!
"Millvina Dean, the last British survivor of the disaster which killed more than 1,500 people, spoke out after a BBC television programme discovered a porthole from the boat for sale for 20,000 pounds (30,000 euros, 38,000 dollars)."
For those of you who have wondered what Mrs. Dainton looks like, this is the only photograph you will find on the internet For some reason, she let this photo of her self appear in the Atlantic Daily Bulletin a couple of years ago. Currently, its on a French website. I wonder if they got permission to use this photo. http://perso.orange.fr/titanic/images2/west.jpg
When Lillian Asplund died in May I was surfing on Net when I read: "Last Titanic survivor dies at the age of 99". Everybody was making comments, saying how sad it was, I had to post a comment to inform that she was the last American survivor but not the last in the World and that two English ladies were also survivors of the sinking.
Dear All - There was a report in the Daily Mirror today the Mrs. West had passed away.
Due to previous wrong announcements - I checked and received the following.
May the lady rest in peace.
Yes, I'm afraid Mrs. West died on October 16 and her funeral took place at
Truro Cathedral on Monday.
There was talk of the family issuing a press release but I don't believe
this has happened. I believe Mrs. West insisted her death be kept a secret
until after the funeral.