Titanic Survivors' Untimely Deaths

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The tragic stories of Titanic survivors who died prematurely...

The Titanic disaster brought a premature end to 1500 lives but some of the survivors would also die long before their time; whether through war, illness, fire, road traffic accidents or suicide. Here are some of their stories. (See also List of survivors that died young and first Titanic survivors to die).

1912

Mary Nakid
Died from meningitis three months after the sinking aged 1.

Eugenie al-Ba'qlīnī
Died from meningitis three months after the sinking aged 3.

Archibald Gracie
Died a few months after the sinking, partially from the effects of his ordeal.

1914

John Anderson
Escaped from an asylum where he was being treated. He was later found drowned.

Eliza Hocking
Found dead in the street, probably as a result of a hit-and-run car accident.

Annie Robinson
Jumped overboard while a passenger on the Devonian.

William Henry Taylor
Crushed in an accident at Southampton docks.

Mary Joseph (Yusuf)
Died from burns sustained in a fire at her home, aged 4.

1915

Frederick Scott
Died in a boiler explosion aboard SS La Marguerite.

Robert Douglas Spedden
Hit by a car near his family holiday home, aged 9.

Kātrīn Yūsuf
Mother of Mary (above), aged 26, 3 months after giving birth to a daughter.

1916

Charlotte CollyerGeorge Combes and Wilfred Foley
Died from tuberculosis.

Helen Bishop
Died from epilepsy brought on by a car accident, aged 23.

1917

Edward Buley
Died aboard HMS Partridge

Archie Jewell
Died in the sinking of the SS Donegal, torpedoed in the English Channel.

Nellie O'Dwyer
Died during an influenza epidemic.

1918

Daniel Buckley
Killed in action toward the end of World War One.

Anna Demessemaeker
Anna never recovered from the shock of the disaster. She died in an asylum aged 42.

Reginald Hardwick
Died in the battlefields.

John Kennedy
Anthrax poisoning, probably from an infected shaving brush.

Hannah O'Brien
Died in the influenza epidemic.

Robert Pusey
Died aboard HMS Dirk.

1919

Washington Dodge
Shot himself in the elevator of his apartment building due to business and investment problems.

1921

Allen Baggott
Died from convulsions.

Arthur Lucas
Shot himself on a train.

Suzette Ryerson
Following surgery for appendicitis developed ether pneumonia and died from heart failure aged 30. 

1922

Charles Hallace Romaine
Killed after being hit by a taxi cab.

Christopher Arthur Shulver
Killed in a coal bunker explosion aboard the Adriatic.

1924

Adāl Najīb Qiyāmah
Died of cancer aged 27.

1925

Oscar Leander Johansson Palmquist
Murdered by the partner of his mistress.

Ruth Taussig
Typhoid fever.

1927

Henry William Frauenthal
Jumped from his apartment balcony after months of depression partially resulting from the mental illness of his wife.

Juha Niskanen
Set his cabin on fire and then shot himself in the head in a fit of depression over failure to strike gold on his property in California.

1929

Trevor Allison
Died from effects of ptomaine poisoning aged 18.

1930

Jessie Trout
Killed in a car accident.

1931

Assad Thomas
From pneumonia, aged 20.

1933

Albert Haines
Hit by a car while crossing the road.

Joan Wells
Died from sepsis, aged 25.

1939

George Terrill Thresher
Died when the SS Parkhill was torpedoed off the coast of Aberdeen.

Helene Barbara al-Ba'qlīnī
Died of cancer aged 27.

1940

Madeleine Astor
Died at the age of 47, officially of heart disease but it is speculated, due to an overdose of prescription drugs.

Edgar Lionel Perry
Killed in a Southampton pub during the blitz.

1941

John Collins
Died in a psychiatric hospital from the effects of syphilis

1942

George Brereton
Shot himself.

1944

Natalie Wick
Died due to complications from routine surgery.

1945

Jack Thayer
Slit his own throat and wrists due to depression over the loss of his son during World War II.

1951

John Morgan Davis
Poisoned himself during the Christmas holidays after his wife left him.

1954

Phyllis May Quick
Shot herself in the head at a time of marital problems.

1956

Edith Pears
Drank bleach.

1957

Agnes McCoy
Officially recorded as a heart attack, numerous bruises were found on her neck and face. It is possible she died during a burglary of her apartment.

1960

Mabel Martin
Died in a motorcycling accident.

1965

Frederick Fleet
Hanged himself from a clothes-line.  He had been suffering from depression following the death of his wife Eva and being evicted from his home by her brother.


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