CMDR. C. H. LIGHTOLLER

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Commander C.H. Lightoller died at his home at Twickenham yesterday at the age 78. He was for many years with the White Star Line and was second officer in the Titanic when on her maiden voyage across the Atlantic in 1912 she struck and iceberg and sank. He had previously been shipwrecked at the age of 17 while serving his aprenticeship in sail. During the 1914-18 war he served in the Royal Navy and during the 1939-45 war, though unable to get back to active service, skippered crews ferrying vessels for the Admiralty. At the time of Dunkirk he took his 60ft. motor-yacht Sundowner to assist in the evacuation and brought. back 130 men in one trip. His only'surviving son. Lieutenant- Colonel R. T. Lightoller, was at Dunkirk, but was not aware until later that his father had been there. Commander Lightoller was the author of a volume of reminiscences entitled The Titanic and other Ships.

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2003) CMDR. C. H. LIGHTOLLER (The Times, Tuesday 9th December 1952, ref: #394, published 28 August 2003, generated 4th August 2021 07:16:25 AM); URL : https://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/item-394.html