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Florence Agnes Angle

Florence Agnes Angle (née Hughes) was born in Radford Semele, Warwickshire, England on 8 March 1876. She was later baptised on 14 May that same year in Whitnash, Warwickshire.

She was the daughter of George Hughes (b. 1844), a shepherd, and Sarah Ann Hawkins (b. 1839). Her father was originally from Mickleton, Gloucestershire whilst her mother hailed from Radstone, Northamptonshire and they had married in Warwickshire in 1865. Florence had eight known siblings: George (b. 1865) Charles Joseph (b. 1867), William Thomas (b. 1869), Mabel Louisa (b. 1872), Walter Richard (b. 1874), Harriet Emily (b. 1877), Jane (b. 1879) and Emma Annie (b. 1882). She also had a half sister, Sarah Elizabeth (b. 1858 in Croughton, Northamptonshire), a daughter of her mother's from a previous and ambiguous relationship.

Florence and her family appear on the 1881 census living in Kingston Cottage in Chesterton, Warwickshire; also living with them was her half-sister Sarah. By the time of the 1891 census the family are living in Heathcote, St Nicholas, Warwickshire. Florence later trained to be a nurse and when she appeared on the 1901 census she was described as an asylum nurse, living and working in the Warwickshire County Asylum for Lunatics in Hatton. 

Florence was married in her native Warwickshire in late 1906 to William Angle (b. 1881), a tile maker and fixer originally from Staffordshire. They emigrated only a short while later on 24 November 1906 aboard the Campania; immigration records at the time describe her as standing at 5' 10" and with brown hair, grey eyes and a fair complexion and her given destination address was 460 West 24th Street, New York City.

By 1912 Mr and Mrs Angle, who were childless, made their home at 339 West 19th Street, Manhattan

Florence and her husband returned home to England in late 1911 to visit her husband's mother in Stoke. Her own parents and brother Charles lived at 14 Mill Street, Warwick.

William and Florence, for their return to New York, booked passage aboard Titanic as second class passengers (ticket number 226875 which cost £26).

From a 1961 interview Mrs Angle recounted that she had been asleep at the time of the collision; her husband wakened her, telling her that something had happened and to get dressed. He went up on deck to investigate but Florence nonchalantly fell back asleep and only the commotion from outside her cabin stirred her again. The couple went to the upper decks together and Florence was later separated from her husband and placed into a lifeboat. The last she saw of him was of him waving to her from the deck.

Florence survived the sinking, (in which lifeboat is uncertain, possibly lifeboat 11), but her husband William was lost.

THE TITANIC DISASTER--After the publication of our last issue Nurse Hughes, of Mill Street, received a cablegram stating that her sister, Mrs Angle, had been saved and her brother-in-law drowned. In our advertisement columns will be found a list of the donations to the Mayor's fund. - Warwick and Warwickshire Advertiser, 27 April 1912

Florence continued to New York where she spent time recuperating due to various respiratory ailments and she garnered work as a housekeeper. Her time in New York proved brief and she returned home to England, arriving in Liverpool on 8 November 1912 aboard the Cedric.

Whether Florence ever returned to New York is not certain. She never remarried and later settled in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire at 33 Arlington Avenue where she lived for many years and continued to practice as a nurse.

Perhaps not mentioning the Titanic very much over her long life, in July 1961 the elderly yet feisty Mrs Angle marched down to the offices of the Coventry Evening Telegraph. That paper had reported the death in New York of Finnish-born Helga Hirvonen who claimed to be the last living person of the Titanic disaster. Mrs Angle was there to set the record straight and told them that not only was she a Titanic survivor and very much alive and well but that she was certain that other living survivors were out there, too!

In her last years and in deteriorating health Florence Angle was cared for by friends; she died on 20 August 1969 aged 93 and was later cremated at Canley cemetery & Crematorium in Coventry, her ashes were scattered in the Garden of Remembrance (Rose Bed L3 Deep Secret).

A LEAMINGTON woman, Mrs Florence Angle, who survived the Titanic disaster in 1912 had died, aged 93.
Mrs Angle lost her husband in the disaster when the Titanic, on her maiden voyage to America, struck an iceberg and sank.
Mrs Angle's home was in Arlington Avenue, Leamington, but in recent years she was cared for by friends at 103 Tachbrook Road.
The funeral took place yesterday at Canley crematory, Coventry. - Coventry Evening Telegraph, 26 August 1969

Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mrs Florence Agnes Angle (née Hughes)
Age: 36 years 1 month and 7 days (Female)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Married to William Angle
Last Residence: in Warwick, Warwickshire, England
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 226875, £26
Destination: 339 West 19th Street New York City, New York, United States
Rescued (boat 11)  
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
Cremated: Canley Crematorium, Warwickshire, England on Monday 25th August 1969

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References and Sources

Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
List or Manifest of Alien Passengers for the United States Immigration Officer At Port Of Arrival (Date: 18th-19th June 1912, Ship: Carpathia) - National Archives, NWCTB 85 T715 Vol 4183
Staffordshire Sentinel, 18 April 1912, The local passengers on Titanic
Warwick and Warwickshire Advertiser, 27 April 1912
Coventry Evening Telegraph, 6 July 1961, Survivor of Titanic Tragedy
Coventry Evening Telegraph, 26 August 1969, TITANIC DISASTER SURVIVOR DIES


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  1. Dave Hudson

    Dave Hudson said:

    Hi). William was born in 1878, while Florence was born in 1876 in Lexington. She and her husband lived at 339 West 19th Street, New York. They boarded the Titanic at Southampton. They were visiting her father in Warwick, England. She survived, leaving the ship in Boat 11. William did not... Read full post

  2. Geoff Whitfield

    Geoff Whitfield said:

    David, Florence Angle was born in the United Kingdom - not the United States as appears on her biography. She only went to America in her early twenties after having trained as a nurse where she met her husband to be, William (known to all as Sonny Angle). The couple returned to England where they married and then went back to the States. Florence had wanted to remain in England but her husband was a very talented mosaic artist and was much in demand in the decoration of new houses being built around New York. Theirs is a long story which I won't go into here but you are welcome to email me... Read full post

  3. Phillip Gowan

    Phillip Gowan said:

    Hi David, Here's some information on Mrs. Angle gleaned from her death certificate. I hope this helps a bit. Phil REGISTRATION DISTRICT: Warwick and Leamington ADMINISTRATIVE AREA: County of Warwick NAME AND SURNAME: Florence Agnes ANGLE DATE OF DEATH: Twentieth August 1969 PLACE OF DEATH: 103 Tachbrook Road Leamington SEX: Female MAIDEN SURNAME: Hughes DATE OF BIRTH: 8th March 1876 PLACE OF BIRTH: Warwick, Warwickshire OCCUPATION: Widow... Read full post

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