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Leading Fireman Thomas Threlfall

Discussion in 'Stokers / Firemen' started by patricia sinclair, May 17, 2005.

  1. looking for photos & information about thomas threlfall
     
  2. Paul Rogers

    Paul Rogers Member

    Morning Patricia.

    His bio on E-T can be found here. No photo, unfortunately.

    May I ask what your connection is with Mr Threlfall?

    Best wishes,
    Paul.
     
  3. Patricia - I have just added the below to Mr. Threlfall's Biography - I hope it helps?

    THRELFALL, THOMAS. Saved in Lifeboat number 14. Lived at 128 St. Martins Court, London. Occupation Leading Fireman. 38 Years old. (Born in Liverpool). Ship before the Titanic - was the RMS Olympic.

    Died 10th January 1934.

    (From The Bridgwater Mercury, May 1912)

    T. Threlfall, leading fireman, told a stirring tale of how his watch went down to their duty in the stokeholds after the ship had struck, how on an order from the bridge they were sent up on deck at 1.20 am by the engineers, who themselves stayed to die at their posts, and how Mr. Lowe, the fifth officer, ''a gentleman and a Britisher,'' as Threlfall called him in a burst of genuine feeling, kept the boats of survivors together under his command. ''My watch was asleep,'' Threlfall said, ''when we were awakened by a shout 'Get up; we've run into something.' I got up and saw the tarpaulin over a hatch bulging out with the pressure of water underneath. The water was pouring down the passage from our room into the stokehold. The ship had torn herself right open from No. 6 section to the forehatch. We waded along the passage with our clothes to the mess deck. Then the boatswain piped ''all hands,'' and the second engineer told me to take my watch below. We went down to the stokehold to draw the fires. At about 1.20 Mr. Hesketh, the second engineer, said 'We've done all we can men, Get out now.' We went up again and got into Number 14 boat

    It was the last but one on the port side to go. Mr. Lowe was in command, and as we put off he took a revolver from his pocket and said: ''We want no dirty work here. I'll shoot two at a time.'' Then he called to several other boats close by, 'Throw out your painters,' and we linked them all up. Mr. Lowe passed about fifty women and children from his boat, and said, 'We will go for the wreckage', to which other people were clinging. From the wreckage we picked up four men. Then Mr. Lowe called out, 'There's a boat over there and she's sinking.' Although we were then towing a collapsible boat with about eighty people in her we reached the sinking boat just as the water was up to her gunwale and took twenty-six men and one woman, a Mrs. Abbott, off her. I held the woman in my arms till we reached the Carpathia.

    Every survivor agrees that no one on board realised the danger of the ship's condition. ''Just go for a spin round,'' was the phrase often used to persuade women to get into the boats.

    (From The Herts Advertiser & St. Albans Times, 4th May 1912).

    Leading Fireman T, Threlfall, one of the Titanic survivors, who was in boat No. 14, in the course of a narrative told to a pressman on landing at Plymouth, said: ''From the wreckage we picked up four men. Then Mr. Lowe called out, 'There's a boat sinking over there.' Although we were then towing a collapsible boat with about eighty people in her we reached the sinking boat just as the water was up to her gunwale and took twenty-six men and one woman, a Mrs. Abbott off her. I held the woman in my arms till we reached the Carpathia.''


    Best regards - Brian
     
  4. > Dear Paul, Thanks for the information. Thomas Threlfall is my great grandfather. He was born in Liverppol on 19/10/1867. He married Margaret Downes on 17/5/1892 and had 2 daughters; Nora (Stout) and Margaret (Shirley), which is my grandmother. Regards, Pat.
     
  5. Senan Molony

    Senan Molony Member

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    Thomas Threlfall
     
  6. I would be interested in getting in touch with Patricia Sinclair. My name is Pete Threlfall, and live in the Merseyside area, and would love to find out if I am related to Thomas Threlfall
     
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  7. Jason D. Tiller

    Jason D. Tiller Moderator Member

    Hello Peter,

    Welcome aboard. Just click on Patricia's name, which will pull up her profile and you can e-mail her that way.
     
  8. Donna59

    Donna59 Member

    Hi Peter my name is Donna I’m Patricia’s cousin Thomas Threlfall is also my great grandfather and I live in Liverpool .
     
  9. Mark Baber

    Mark Baber Moderator Member

    Hello, Donna---

    Note that the message you're responding to is from 2005 and that Peter Threlfall hasn't posted here since January 2006, so you may well not receive a response from him.
     
  10. Donna59

    Donna59 Member

    Ok thank you Mark.