Ernest Waldron King


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I would be pleased to read information that anyone has on a distant relative of mine: E W King. He was Purser / clerk on board and was lost. I have his last address and age but wondered if there was any further information especially on his family. I am a distant relative but know almost nothing about that branch of the family. I also wondered if his father was a clergyman?

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Bob Godfrey

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His father was indeed a man of the cloth - the Reverend Thomas Waldron King, of Currin Rectory, Clones in County Monaghan (Church of Ireland). Ernest had been born in County Galway, and his mother's name was Caroline. The couple had at least 6 other children, but sadly few of them lived beyond childhood. I don't have any more information than that, I'm afraid.
 

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Just a little more. The formal descriptions of bodies recovered by the Minia were made by the ship's Purser and by a clergyman on board, the Rev H W Cunningham. These descriptions are generally very brief, but Cunningham later provided a more detailed account of the Minia's voyage for publication in a Halifax newspaper. This reveals that King's body was found at 3.30 pm on Tuesday, April 30, and was that of "a fine fellow of full height with officer's overcoat on and kid gloves. The body was not in the least damaged, and the face wore an entirely natural look".
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Ian - below is just a bit more:
King, Ernest Waldron. Lived at Currin Rectory, Clones, Ireland. Occupation - Clerk, Pursers Assistant. 28 years old. (Born in Dublin, Ireland).

Body number 321. Interred at Fairview Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Memorial stone in Fairview Cemetery reads:- In loving memory of Ernest Waldron King, Currin Rectory, Clones, Ireland, died on duty, SS Titanic, April 15, 1912. Aged 28 years. ''Nothing in my hand I bring simply to thy cross I cling. 321.

In April 1998 at Sothebys Auction in London A postcard sent from RMS Titanic posted from Queenstown dated April 11 1912. The reverse in pencil and reading: 'Dear Tom, Just leaving Queenstown, splendid weather, you might write 25th and address Plymouth, with love Dad x'. The front of the John Adams postcard with a polychrome image of the Titanic at sea with her dimensions underneath together with a sepia photograph of the sender of the postcard in his naval uniform and an official memorial card, the reverse depicting the ship at sail and the inside with a poem and memorial, with The Daily Graphic's Special Titanic Memoriam dated April 20th 1912, consisting of 18 pages of text and illustrations concerning the disaster (4) various sizes, the postcard with some foxing and with one corner detached and another torn off. The Lot made £3,105.

Best regards - Brian
 

Anne Montague

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I wonder whether the postcard might have been sent by someone other than Ernest Waldron King, who appears in the 1911 Census as single, age 27, living with his parents, Thomas Waldron King & Caroline [Gibb], and younger brother, Charles Hume King, in Co Monaghan. It's possible Tom was Ernest's son by an early marriage or liaison, but at 28 Ernest seems too young to have been the father of someone old enough to be expected to carry on a correspondence ("you might write 25th..."). Also: Should "naval uniform" be "White Star Line uniform"? If the subject of the photo was indeed in the Royal Navy, he wasn't Ernest W. King.
 

Paul Belger

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Interesting information. I believe I am related to the son, William Henry King, who died in Pretoria in 1924. his son was named Ernest Waldron King in honour of his uncle who died on the Titanic in 1912. The later EW King had 3 daughters and I am the son of the middle daughter, Patricia King who married Warner Belger, Paul Belger.
 

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