Southport and Birkdale Victims of the Titanic

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Yesterday the list of the names of members of the crew of the Titanic who have been rescued were published, and as they did not include those of Mr. James Walpole or of Mr. Walter Ennis, both of whom have local associations, it is feared that they have perished with the majority of those who were on board.


Among the crew of the Titanic is Mr. James Walpole, brother of Mr. Horace Walpole, of 17, Lime-street, Southport, and brother-in-law of the late Mr. W. E. Browne. Mr. James Walpole was a native of Southport, and entered the service of the White Star Line about thirty years ago. He was connected with the stewards' department, and gradually rose to a responsible position. Among the ships in which he previously served were the Britannic, Adriatic, Majestic, Celtic, and Olympic, and he was transferred to the Titanic for her maiden voyage. He was a single man, and was about fifty years ago [sic]. He was also on board the Olympic when she was rammed by the Hawke.


held [sic] the position of Turkish bathman and masseur. This was his first voyage, and when he left home a fortnight ago he was in high glee at the prospects. Previous to holding the position he was engaged in a similar capacity at the Smedley Hydro., Birkdale, where he was for a period of six years. When at the Hydro. he was very popular amongst the staff. He was 34 years of age, and his wife and family of four children reside at 141, Bedford-road, Birkdale. The eldest child is 13 years of age, and the youngest five years of age. Mr. Ennis had previously been to sea, and was one of the most powerful swimmers in the North of England.



Another Southportonian, who was on board the ill-fated "Titanic," was Mrs. K. Gold, stewardess, whose address in the list is given as Woolwich, and her age forty. She is a daughter of the late Mrs. Coulson, of Southport, who was the first District Nurse for Southport, and was also at the old Southport Infirmary, and who only died a few months ago, Mrs. Gold attending the funeral of her mother, which took place at the Southport Cemetery. Mrs. Gold was also in Southport about a fortnight ago visiting an uncle, Mr. Tom Wright, who lives in Cemetery-road, and who had a letter from her the day before she embarked on the "Titanic." This is the third accident Mrs. Gold has been in. She was on board the "Suevic" when that vessel was wrecked returning from Australia some two or three years ago. Her second experience was on the "Olympic" two or three months ago, when that vessel was in collision with H.M.S. "Hawke," and now she has been rescued from the most appalling wreck in the history of mercantile marine. In spite of this experience it is not expected Mrs. Gold will give up the life which she always declares she loves. She is a strongly served woman, and the two previous accidents did not deter her in the least from continuing in the service. Yesterday, on the arrival of the "Carpathia" at New York, her many local friends were rejoiced to learn that she was amongst the saved, and they will join in congratulating her on her providential escape from death.



A cablegram from New York was yesterday received by the Misses Bonnell, of 17, Welbeck-road, Birkdale, intimating that their sister, Miss L. Bonnell, and their neice, Miss Caroline Bonnell, were amongst the survivors of the "Titanic" wreck on board the "Carpathia." Miss Bonnell and her neice were on a six month's visit to Miss Bonnell's brother, who lives in the States, and they were travelling with a party of friends from London, including Mr. and Mrs. George Wicks and their daughter, Miss Mary Wicks. The cablegram received yesterday also notified the safe arrival of Mrs. and Miss Wicks, but said nothing about Mr. Wicks. The news of the safe arrival of Miss Bonnell will be received with gladness by her many friends in both Birkdale and Southport. She is a prominent worker in connection with the Women's Unionist League, and a helper at the Mary Willett Day Nursery, whilst she is also well-known in local musical circles.

Last evening's "Liverpool Echo" contained a cabled interview with a Miss Bonnell, of "Youngstown," in the course of which she said: "The steamer was running at her usual rate of speed when the wreck occurred. Shortly before midnight on Sunday the Titanic was ploughing through icefields, which we had encountered after dinner, and, as far as I could tell, she had not slowed down. A large portion of the passengers had gone to my berth, but had not undressed. As near as I can say, the accident happened at about half-past eleven."

Seen last evening, one of the Misses Bonnell declined to say whether this referred to her sister or not. They had no information for the Press, she remarked.

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Related Biographies:

Caroline Bonnell
Elizabeth Bonnell
Walter Ennis
Jane Kate Coulson Gold
James Walpole

Relates to Place:

Birkdale, Merseyside, England
Ormskirk, Lancashire, England
Southport, Merseyside, England


Courtesy of Paul Charlesworth


Encyclopedia Titanica (2012) Southport and Birkdale Victims of the Titanic (Southport Guardian, Saturday 20th April 1912, ref: #19163, published 12 September 2012, generated 31st July 2021 08:56:19 AM); URL :