Since Wednesday last the police have been scouring Whitchurch and the neighbouring countryside for a man who escaped from the Whitchurch Mental Hospital on that day.
The man. John Anderson, who was one of the Titanic survivors, and a native of Southampton, was missed by an attendant when a group of inmates were being brought back from exercise.
A diligent search was at once commenced for the missing man, but without success. The authorities kept the matter secret in the hope that Anderson, who is of a very harmless disposition, would be quickly found, but is now feared that he may have come to some harm.
The unfortunate man was one of the crew the Titanic, and it is to his terrible experience on that liner that his mental derangement is attributed. It appears that on being brought ashore after the disaster his memory became complete blank. Eventually a shipmate recognised him and he was taken to Southampton, whence he was sent to Whitchurch.
He gave no trouble to the officials of the hospital, and was always of a child-like disposition, and has never before attempted to escape.
The following is his description:—44 years of age, 5ft. 7in. in height, fresh complexion dark hair and moustache. At the time of his escape he was wearing a dark blue serge jacket and vest, with the letters “ C.C.M.H.” stamped on each button, light tweed trousers, red neck-tie. buckled boots, and blue cloth cap.