William Young Moyes

Paul Rogers

The following article appeared in the Herald newspaper (in Scotland) in the edition dated 15th April 2002.

The paper also printed a photograph of Mr Moyes, which is different to that on the ET bio. I believe that, as I have the newspaper, I have the right to publish a scanned image of the photograph on the Message Board without infringing any copyright.

If my understanding of copyright law is correct, and if anyone wants to see it, please let me know and I’ll post the photograph on this thread.


Hundreds honour unsung hero of Titanic

Billie Moyes was one of the heroes of the Titanic. He died at his post to keep power and lights running as the world’s biggest ocean liner slipped beneath the Atlantic, 90 years ago yesterday.

The Scots engineer’s story was told at a memorial service in Stirling yesterday, one of several held around the country to mark the anniversary of the sinking.

Mr Moyes was senior sixth engineer on April 14, 1912, when RMS Titanic scraped an iceberg five days into her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York. Two-and-a-half hours later, in the early hours of the following day, it had sunk.

More than 1500 passengers and crew went with her to the ocean floor. Yet it could have been worse. The dedication of Mr Moyes and other engineers enabled the crew to send SOS signals and help passengers into lifeboats.

Without their efforts, few of the 706 survivors would have been rescued.

Hundreds gathered at a memorial service at the Church of the Holy Rude, in Stirling, yesterday morning where prayers were said in his memory. Later, his niece, Christine Bole, unveiled a bronze plaque at her Uncle’s former home in Douglas Terrace, where she told Mr Moyes’s heroic story.

“My Uncle Billie has been my hero ever since I was a little girl,” Mrs Bole, 64, said.

“His was a story that nobody apart from our family knew about until now, but every time the Titanic was mentioned my mother would say, ‘poor William’.

“She was only six when the Titanic sank with her brother on board, but they were very close.

“She was so proud that her brother had stayed behind to keep the lights burning and save so many passengers.”

The plaque bears the simple message: “Here Lived William Young Moyes, Senior Sixth Engineer on RMS Titanic, who lost his life when the liner sank on April 14th 1912 with the loss of 1635 lives.”

Guests included the grandson of Arthur Rostron, captain of the Cunard ship Carpathia which rescued many of the Titanic’s survivors, and relatives of many other victims.

Sean Szmalc, of the Falkirk Titanic Society, said: “Scotland has largely been ignored in the Titanic’s story, and very few people know that there were real heroes from Scotland.”