Master Viljo Unto Johannes Hämäläinen

Viljo Unto Johannes Hämäläinen

Wiljo Unto Johannes Hämäläinen was born on 4 February 1911 in Merrimac, Essex, Massachusetts. He was the son of John, a metal beater, and Anna Lydia Amanda (nee Wartianen) Hämäläinen.

He boarded the Titanic at Southampton with his mother Anna and Marta Hiltunen.

Anna and Wiljo were rescued (in which lifeboat is not known).

He died 18 March 1914 in Detroit, aged 3, listed as William Hamlin. One of the first Titanic survivors to die. The cause of death was given as endocarditis. He was buried four days later at Gethsemane Cemetery in Detroit.

 

 

 

 

 

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Viljo Unto Johannes Hämäläinen
VILJO UNTO JOHANNES HÄMÄLÄINEN
 

Comment and discuss

  1. Holly Peterson said:

    Hi! I just read something on Wikipedia about Wiljo Hamalainen, 8 month old second clss passenger, being the fourth last survivor of the Titanic to die. The article said he just died in 2004. I've never heard of this before and was wondering if it's true or just some rumor. The ET article on him doesn't list a date of death.

  2. Kalman Tanito said:

    The Wiljo Hamalainen you refer to was a nice old man in Gardner, Massachusetts that was born in Finland and immigrated to the United States in 1935. He was quite amused to hear that someone with the same name was on Titanic. Wiljo of the Titanic died sometime around the beginning of World War I.

  3. Holly Peterson said:

    Wiljo wasn't very old when he died, then! Only about two years old! I had no idea! Poor little kid. He looks so innocent and sweet in the picture I have of him. Somehow, Wikipedia must have gotten that other Wiljo Hamalainen must have gotten mixed up with this one. He sounds like a very nice person.

  4. Hildur Panula-Heinonen said:

    Viljo died around ww1? I never heard of this? Does anyone have date? By the way Viljo's full name is Viljo Unto Johannes Hamalainen. I got it off a Finnish site for Titanic.

  5. Hildur Panula-Heinonen said:

    After searching through records in Finland, i have found the correct birthdate of Viljo, he is Viljo Unto Johannes Hämäläinen was born on 29 august 1911, in Kiihtelysvaara (Near Joensuu) Finland. That also makes Viljo 7 months old on Titanic, not 8 months.

  6. Karina Mason said:

    Holly, I hope I don't seem rude, but I wondered if there is any chance you could email me the picture you have of Viljo? I would love to see what this baby looked like. I have been researching all the children on the Titanic so its nice to see their faces. My email is

  7. Hildur Panula-Heinonen said:

    Viljo died in the 40's, not at an early age, as suspected.

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    Arun Vajpey said:

    Anna Hamalainen and her infant son Viljo survived the Titanic disaster by getting away on Lifeboat #4. I presume they eventually joined Anna's husband William in Detroit and settled there, living out their lives as American citizens. Does anyone know of any of Anna's descendants and their contact details? I'll be grateful for any related information.

  9. Mark Baber said:

    Hello, Arun--- Please note that the message you're responding to is more than nine years old and that Hildur has not posted here in almost seven years.

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    Arun Vajpey said:

    Thanks for that. But while we are on the subject, can we assume that Wiljo Hamalainen's bio as on ET now is accurate as far as can be known?

  11. Mark Baber said:

    Others will have to address that. I know nothing more than what's in this thread.

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Credits

Gavin Bell, UK
Peter Engberg, Sweden
Hildur Panula-Heinonen, Finland
Juho Peltonen, Finland
Leif Snellman, Finland
Claes-Göran Wetterholm, Sweden

References and Sources

Boston Sunday Post, 4 May 1913
Claes-Göran Wetterholm (1988, 1996, 1999) Titanic. Prisma, Stockholm. ISBN 91 518 3644 0
Search archive British and Irish newspapers online

Link and cite this biography

Encyclopedia Titanica (2018) Viljo Unto Johannes Hämäläinen (ref: #433, last updated: 26th February 2018, accessed 4th June 2020 17:57:06 PM)
URL : https://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/titanic-survivor/viljo-hamalainen.html