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 Whitchurch Mental Hospital where he was being treated. The press reported he had drowned but other accounts suggest he was rescued and returned to the hospital.

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 Willaim Scott
Died in a boiler explosion aboard the 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.

Joey Thompson
Though not a survivor of the sinking, Painter Joey Thompson disembarked at Southampton after the delivery trip - the only member of the Harland and Wolff Guarantee group to do so.  Killed in an industrial accident at the firm's Bootle Works.

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.

James McGann
Supposedly died in 1918 aged 35. Circumstances unknown

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 possibly related to a chronic alcohol problem.

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.

Alfred White
Died while queuing at a Southampton bank

1923

Alice Phillips died from influenza aged 31.

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.

1926

Edward Brown's family believe that the Titanic disaster had an adverse effect on his health and this contributed to his early death, aged 48, in June 1926.

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.

1938

Frank Osman hanged himself in his pub cellar.

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 29.

1940

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

James Forward
Believed lost overboard from the SS Aronna off the coast of Australia (1940)

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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  1. Iain Stuart Yardley said:

    Morning everyone, This subject has more than likely been brought up in another thread so I apologise beforehand if I'm going over old ground. I recently read a book about a British passenger ship which was torpedoed during WW2 and the survivors were eventually rescued from their lifeboats, sometimes weeks later. One of the survivors was returning to Britain aboard a troop ship because of his injuries and in turn that ship was torpedoed, sank and all aboard were killed. This made me think about which survivors... Read full post

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    Inger Sheil said:

    Archie Jewell has always struck me as one of the more poignant cases. Having survived the Titanic, he was lost when the hospital ship was sunk during WWI - the story is in his bio on the site. I often walk past the Merchant Seamen's Memorial near the Tower, and if anyone is visiting London and we're visiting that wonderful part of the city I'll take a moment to point out Jewell's name on the memorial.

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    Phillip Gowan said:

    As best as I've been able to track, at least 48 of the 712 Titanic survivors died prior to April 15, 1922, the 10 year anniversary. Other than the ones mentioned above, there was John Kennedy who died of Anthrax poisoning, Hannah O'Brien and one other who died in the influenza epidemic, several who died during World War I, some who succumbed to common diseases even though they were fairly young, and several whose natural lifespans just came to an end. And in that short period the deaths of those survivors were spread out all over the world--as far away as Mrs. Hewlett in Naini Tal, India,... Read full post

  4. Colleen Collier said:

    HI "Boz". "And then there are those that died of illness shortly after the Titanic at a fairly young age -". Trevor Allison.(ptomaine) A few others that I can remember offhand. Ruth Tassig (typhoid fever 1925) Mary Nakid (meningitis 1912), and several died from TB. Very sad indeed. Colleen

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  5. Tarn Stephanos said:

    The rotund Mr Frauenthal jumped out of a window, falling to his death... regards Tarn Stephanos

  6. Reece Ewington said:

    >dont feget the fact that fredrick fleet killed himself. in 1965 despondent >over his finances and the recent loss of life fleet took his own. sad hah from reece ewington (17 m melbourne australia)

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    Kate Bortner said:

    And there's my relative Jessie Trout (later Bortner) who died in a car accident in 1930.

  8. Dave Hudson said:

    Then of course there's Col. Gracie who died in the fall of 1912.

  9. Stefan Christiansson said:

    Kate: Did your relative give her account on the sinking? I noticed there is not much information in the bio's. Would you like to share some stories with us? I understand if you think of it as a private nature.

  10. Iain Stuart Yardley said:

    Apparently, death rates amongst the survivors of the Titanic were no different to the general population. Cheers, Boz

  11. Jeremy Lee said:

    From the book by C. Pellegrino, he quotes that a higher than normal proportion of Titanic survivors live to over a 100. Any opinions?

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    Michael H. Standart said:

    With all due respect to Charlie Pellegrino, I'd like to see the statistical evidence to back that up. Unfortunately, he's not a qualified statistician so he may be getting his signals crossed. The proposition is iffy at best. You might want to check out which Phil Hind posted a link to.

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    John Clifford said:

    I also think of both Phyllis Quick and Jack Thayer, Jr., both of whom committed suicide.

  14. Jeremy Lee said:

    Thanks for the link Michael. BTW, it also seems that quite a number of survivors committed suicide.

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    Michael H. Standart said:

    >>BTW, it also seems that quite a number of survivors committed suicide.

  16. Jeremy Lee said:

    Probably drug overdosing wasn't exactly a very popular way of committing suicide in the past.

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    Michael H. Standart said:

    My bet is you're probably right. Hanging or eating ones pistol seemed to be the method of choice. At least in western cultures.

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    Tracy Smith said:

    Drug overdosing is more commonly associated with female suicides than male suicides for some reason.

  19. monica e. hall said:

    Dorothy Parker, prone to melancholy, gave some thought to how best to end one's own life, and came to a relatively happy conclusion. Razors pain you Rivers are damp Acids stain you Drugs cause cramp Guns aren't lawful Nooses give Gas smells awful You might as well live Tracy is right in what she says. And aren't many suicides young? I can't quite see any young people who survived the Titanic committing suicide, it doesn't make sense. That would leave older people either at the time or later - ill or destitute, or shamed in some way. Just like now, in fact. I doubt if the... Read full post

  20. Karin Kasper said:

    To answer Tracey's post about male vs. female suicide methods, I can't quote exact stats, but I do recall reading somewhere that women (on the average) tend to favor less violent methods for killing themselves- drug overdoses, for example- whereas men favor more violent ways- ie., shooting themselves.

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