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Constance Miriam West

Miss Constance Miriam West was born in Bristol, Gloucestershire, England on 13 August 1907.

She was the daughter of Edwy Arthur West (b. 1875), a department store floorwalker, and Ada Mary Worth (b. 1879), both natives of Cornwall who had married on 12 September 1905. She had a younger sister, Barbara Joyce (b. 1911).

Constance and her parents appear on the 1911 census living at Livadia, 79 Paisley Road, Stourwood, Bournemouth; a few months later in May of that year her younger sister Barbara was born.

Deciding to strike out for a new life in America decisions were made by the family to travel to Gainesville, Florida and begin a fruit culture business. They purchased ticket number 34651, which cost £27, 15s, and they embarked Titanic at Southampton on 10 April 1912 as second class passengers. Whilst aboard it appears they became acquainted with Clear Cameron and Nellie Wallcroft.

Mrs West later recalled the events of the night of the sinking:

'We were all asleep when the collision took place, but were only jolted in our berths - my husband and children not even being awakened, and it was only the hurrying of passengers outside the cabin that caused alarm. The steward bade us all get up and dress thoroughly with plenty of warm things. Arthur placed lifebelts upon the children and then carried them to the boat deck. I followed carrying my handbag. After seeing us safely into the lifeboat Arthur returned to the cabin for a thermos of hot milk, and, finding the lifeboat let down he reached it by means of a rope, gave the flask to me, and, with a farewell, returned to the deck of the ship.'

With a new life in America now out of the question Constance, her mother and baby sister returned to England aboard Celtic. They settled in Truro, Cornwall and in September 1912 Constance was gifted with another sister, Edwyna Joan.

Constance and her sisters' education up to the age of 12 was by the Worshipful Company of Drapers and she attended their boarding school in Purley, Surrey and is believed to have went on to Truro girls' high school and for many years was heavily involved with the Girl Guides. She never married and in later years became afflicted with multiple sclerosis.

Constance spent her final years living at The Firs, Riverside, Lelant, Cornwall and she died at the Manor Nursing Home in Lelant, Cornwall on 12 September 1963. Her estate was valued at £5117, 9s.

Constance Miriam West was cremated at Penmount Crematorium Truro, Cornwall, England, her ashes were scattered in the garden of rest with her sister Barbara (garden R, HB22) where there is a memorial plaque.

Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Miss Constance Miriam West
Age: 4 years 8 months and 2 days (Female)
Nationality: English
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 34651, £27 15s
Rescued (boat 11)  
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
Died: Thursday 12th September 1963 aged 56 years
Cause of Death:
Ashes Scattered: Penmount Crematorium, Truro, Cornwall, England

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  1. Anthony Kevin Sheils

    Anthony Kevin Sheils said:

    I was a pupil at the school in which this lady worked. She retired in 1960 or thereabouts, and is reported to have died in 1963. Her younger sister is said to be still alive and perhaps a brother. Will anyone who knew this lady please supply further details. She survived the Titanic disaster at the age of 4 or 5, with her pregnant mother and baby sister.

  2. Phillip Gowan

    Phillip Gowan said:

    Tony, Her biography on this site has some good information on her--she suffered from Multiple Sclerosis for years before her death. The only thing I have on her specifically which isn't already on this site is her birth certificate. It is true that her sister Barbara is still living at the age of 89. But she shuns publicity of any sort or involvement with anything to do with Titanic. Regards, Phillip

  3. olivia mae kelley

    olivia mae kelley said:

    i cant beleve constance survived thanks for the help people!

  4. olivia mae kelley

    olivia mae kelley said:

    im doing a report on her little advice plz

  5. Steven Christian

    Steven Christian said:

    You can do a general search for Constance West above to see any threads discussing her. Good luck on your report.

  6. olivia mae kelley

    olivia mae kelley said:

    Thanks for your help I have to talk about her to 1st and 2nd gaders :)

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