Purser McElroy's Body


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I was wondering why Chief Purser McElroy's body was buried at sea and not sent to his family. It seems that a high ranking crew member such as the chief purser would have been given back to his relatives. I know that Walter Lord had McElroy on his list of possible suicides but there was no mention of a gunshot wound on McElroy's body by the crew of the Mackay-Bennett. I guess I just found it surprising that a popular White Star figure such as McElroy was buried at sea. Anyone who has any information would be most appreciated.
 

mary mason

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hi,
i'm no expert on this in any way but this is what i think.
on his biography, it says " The body was not immediately identified as that of McElroy and was buried at sea."
so i would *guess* that the body was badly decomposed, so the crew wrote down the effects and things and buried him at sea, and then he was indentified after he had been buried.
 
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MD

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Hi Mary,

Thank you for the info, I overlooked the aspect of him not being identified at first. That makes sense considering just how badly the elements affected some bodies. I guess the crew of the Mackay-Bennet could not distinguish his uniform from those of other seamen. Thanks again.
 

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