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Edmond Roger Navratil

Master Edmond Roger Navratil, 2, was born on 5 March 1910 in Nice, France.

He boarded the Titanic at Southampton with his father, Michel and brother Michel Jr. The family was travelling under the assumed name of Hoffman, Mr Navratil had stolen his two sons from his estranged wife Marcelle.

During the voyage the boys were looked after once by Bertha Lehmann, a Swiss girl who spoke French but no English, while their father played cards for a few hours. It was the only time he let them out of his sight.

Edmond Navratil

Edmond and his brother were rescued but their father perished.

Aboard the Carpathia, the boys, unable to speak English, were dubbed the Orphans of the Titanic, when they turned out to be the only children who remained unclaimed by an adult. First Class survivor, Miss Margaret Hays agreed to care for the boys at her New York home (304 West 83rd Street) until family members could be contacted.

Marcelle Navratil, recognized her boys from newspaper stories and was brought over to America by the White Star Line where she was reunited with her sons on May 16. The three sailed back to France on the Oceanic.

In later life Edmond worked as interior decorator and then became an architect and builder. He was married.

During World War II he fought with the French Army, was captured and made a prisoner-of-war. He managed to escape from the camp in which he was held, but his health had suffered and he died on 7 July 1953 aged 43.  He is buried at the Cimetiere De L Égalité, Lourdes.

Grave of Edmond Navratil
(Courtesy of Trevor Baxter)

Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Master Edmond Roger Navratil
Age: 2 years 1 month and 10 days (Male)
Nationality: French
Last Residence: in Nice, France
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 230080, £26
Cabin No. F4
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
Died: Tuesday 7th July 1953 aged 43 years

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References and Sources

Don Lynch & Ken Marschall (1992) Titanic: An Illustrated History. London, Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 0 340 56271 4
New York Tribune

Research Articles

Senan Molony Titanica! (2005) A Tale of Hoffman

Newspaper Articles

Nixola Greeley-Smith Evening World (22 April 1912) No Light on the Mystery Hiding the Identity of Two Waifs of the Sea
The Evening Telegram (22 April 1912) Tots Saved From the Sea
The Daily Banner (9 May 1912) FOR THE CHILDREN
The Salt Lake Tribune (27 February 1913) TITANIC SURVIVOR COMES TO SALT LAKE
The Salt Lake Tribune (28 February 1913) TITANIC SURVIVOR IN SALT LAKE
The Washington Times (10 April 1913) Miss Hayes' Wards Living in Poverty
The Times (10 February 1914) ECHO OF THE TITANIC DISASTER


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