On another Titanic forum this morning, Brian Ticehurst announced that Millvina Dean had a close encounter with a revolving door at a new shopping center in Southampton, fell and broke her hip. She underwent surgery and according to Brian is in a great deal of pain but alert and joking. I know all of us will want to remember her in our prayers.
She is indeed in a great deal of pain and is having daily physiotherapy. Flowers are shortly on their way to her, but as they keep moving her around, have not yet been sent. She is keeping cheerful and making the best of the situation in true Millvina style!
With a broken hip, I don't doubt it. Glad to hear she's upbeat and even joking. A positive attitude makes a big difference in anybody's recovery. Hope you can send her our best wishes if possible. We're all rooting for her!
Sorry to hear it (and someone better teach the shopping centre door better manners).
She's a class act all the way - deals with people from all walks of life (and a few from the loopier fringes) with inimitable style and grace. Good to hear that her sparky sense of humour goes undiminished.
I wholeheartly agree with all of you on mrs. dean. She needs our prayers for a full and quick recovery ,and its important to let her know that everyone one here on the message board thinking of her, and hope that she will be on her feet soon jennifer mueller
Many of us have had the great joy to meet this splendid, wonderful, GRAND Lady.
She's currently the youngest survivor.
I have not checked the full list of passengers' ages. However, the other infant, that survived, was 9-month old Trevor Allison. He, sadly, died in 1929, at age 17.
I do hope Millvina will be with us, for many wonderful years.
When she reaches 100, I will pay for a tuxedo for Phil Hind, so he can arrange a party, to honor this lovely lady.
Phil: I'll also pay for the Champagne.
Yes, it will have to exceed the numbers provided for the 2000 celebrations for the Queen Mother's 100th birthday.
Ing, Jenna, and Eric will also have to be there: my way of especially thanking them for seeing me, last July.
Mark your calendars: FEBRUARY 2, 2012.
Phil: I'll leave the 2025 Celebration, for Elizabeth's Centennial Celebration, to those who portrayed her predecessor namesake (Glenda Jackson, Judy Dench, Cate Blanchett, etc).
Don't forget Frank Aks who was I believe, 10 months old- and a BIG baby boy-he said he was 13 pounds when he was born. He gave many after dinner speeches on his life as the "Titanic Baby". His piece de resistance was the episode onboard when the poor grief-stricken lady who insisted Frank was her baby amidst the indignant cry of Leah Aks. She had after all, looked after him in the lifeboat. Mrs. Aks, thinking her baby gone, heard his cries on deck and saw her son in the arms of this strange woman.The ship doctor aboard Carpathia took the infant to his cabin and sure enough the strawberry birth mark Leah had described was there. Frank (a.k.a. "Philly") would then turn a bit pink when he added, "And of course, being a Jewish baby boy, I was...ah... circumsized!" Makes me wonder if this practice was NOT common back in Edwardian times for non-Jewish baby boys! My, the things we ponder here at ET!
From what I understand, circumcision among gentile boys, American, British, and European, was quite uncommon before the Second World War. Nowadays, being uncircumcised is much less common, regardless of ethnic background or religion, at least in the US.
I read somewhere that the Nazis sometimes made men whom they suspected as trying to "pass" as Gentiles to drop their pants for "inspection".
The angry old woman who claimed to be the youngest survivor.
Journalist Michael Grundy in Worcester Evening News, England sent me an article he had written about 14 years ago: Called "Memory Lane"
He introduced the article to me like that:
"Ellen Mary Walker became something of an angry old lady in the years immediately after the enclosed newspaper feature. She was increasingly frustrated by the refusal of the Titanic Association to recognize her, and she failed to with legal moves to get a birth certificate showing Henry Morley as her father.
She is still (March 2002) alive, but is now in an old peoples home in Worcester. Unfortunately he mind has gone."
Seventy-six year old Ellen Mary Walker, who believes she is the youngest survivor of the Titanic disaster, has just seen a photograph of her father for the first time ever - thanks to "Memory Lane".
Here is a remarkable story. She was almost certainly conceived during the fateful maiden voyage of the giant luxery liner as a Worcester and Malvern shop owner ran off to San Fransisco with one of his pretty assistants.
Henry Samuel Morley - aged 40, affluent and leaving behind him a wife and 12 year old doughter - was planning to start up a new life in California whth Kate Florence Phillips, then just 19.
But he went down with the Titanic while Kate was bundled abroad the last lifeboat to leave the sinking liner and was rescued by the Carpathia and taken to New York. She returned to Worcester where nine months after the Titanic voyange she gave birth to Ellen Mary at a house in Waterworks Road.
Among Ellens treasured possessions to-day are three poignant reminders of the Titanic - the valuable sapphirer , diamond and silver necklace her mother wore on the liner and the purce she carried, still with her cabin keys inside.
Ellen says her father, together with his brother , owned confectionery shops in Worcester, Malvern and Birmingham, while her mother was one of the assistants at the Morley shop opposite the railway station in Foregate Street.
Before the couple eloped on the Titanic, Henry Morley sold off two of his shops to make adequate financial provision for the future of his wife and her doughter he was leaving and also to give he and Kate cash to start their life in America. It was money which also went to the bottom of the ocean... in the titanic safe. Henry and kate sailed on the liner as second class passengers in the assumed names of "Mr and mrs Marshall." The Titanic went down omn April 14 1912, and Ellen was born on January 11 1913.
This if first half of article. Before I may bring the rest here, I like to read your comments.