- Nov 14, 2005
I guess it's possible but I'm surprised any disaster fund made it past the days of WW1 with all the trouble England was having funding the war and providing rations for the troops. Must have been some charitable people kicking in. But maybe not all that strange. WSL/Cunard has funded the upkeep of the Halifax cemetery for decades and decades. Or so I've read.Charity was indeed what they had to resort to. No welfare state in those days.
I'm not 100% sure about this but I do seem to recall reading that some next of kin were receiving money from the disaster fund as late as the thirties.
The widow of James Kieran (the chief third class steward) started working as a stewardess with the WSL to support her three children after her husband's death.
One lesser known and rather unusual effect on one "Titanic family" was that of steward H. P. Hill's daughters.
Several years prior to his death in the disaster, Hill abandoned his family. After his death, two of his daughters were placed in the well regarded Royal Masonic School for Girls. Hill was a Freemason and the fraternity evidently took an interest in his family for some reason.