Frederick Olive Doel, was my great great great grandad, there is a story that not many know, after this disaster he wanted to forget but he told our family what really happened. A man named David Matheson / Matthewson (he spelt his name different on the records) was a true hero. On the day of titanics sinking Frederick hurt his leg and back when the ship started to sink (unknown how exactly) and he probably would of perished or drowned at see if David (a hero in my eyes) never gave up his place for Frederick on the life boat, David sadly died but died a hero, his body was recovered by MacKay Bennett and was buried at Fairview Cemetary, Halifax Nova Scotia on 8 May 1912. (He was living with Frederick) anyone has any more information or anyone who is related to David please contact me?
Frederick was the brother of my husbands grandfather Norman. Have done quite alot of research on the DOEL line & heard the same story as you mentioned above. David is mentioned in the the obituary in the Southampton Echo for Frederick's father also named Frederick, who died of a broken heart of hearing the news of the sinking, it said that David gave up his place for Frederick. Happy to share any info I have.. Tara
Hi Paige, I am doing some research for a documentary about stories passed down by Titanic survivors. I'd be fascinated to talk to you about your family's stories. Could you email me on firstname.lastname@example.org ? Thank you.