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).
Died from meningitis three months after the sinking aged 1.
Died from meningitis three months after the sinking aged 3.
Died a few months after the sinking, partially from the effects of his ordeal.
Reginald Robinson Lee
The lookout who with Fred Fleet sighted the iceberg died little more than a year later...
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.
Found dead in the street, probably as a result of a hit-and-run car accident.
Jumped overboard while a passenger on the Devonian.
Mary Joseph (Yusuf)
Died from burns sustained in a fire at her home, aged 4.
Suffered a stroke at work leading to his death at age 24.
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.
Mother of Mary (above), aged 26, 3 months after giving birth to a daughter.
Died from epilepsy brought on by a car accident, aged 23.
Died aboard HMS Partridge
Died in the sinking of the SS Donegal, torpedoed in the English Channel.
Died during an influenza epidemic.
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.
Killed in action toward the end of World War One.
Anna never recovered from the shock of the disaster. She died in an asylum aged 42.
Died in the battlefields.
Anthrax poisoning, probably from an infected shaving brush.
Supposedly died in 1918 aged 35. Circumstances unknown
Died in the influenza epidemic.
Died aboard HMS Dirk.
Shot himself in the elevator of his apartment building due to business and investment problems.
Died from convulsions possibly related to a chronic alcohol problem.
Shot himself on a train.
Following surgery for appendicitis developed ether pneumonia and died from heart failure aged 30.
Charles Hallace Romaine
Killed after being hit by a taxi cab.
Christopher Arthur Shulver
Killed in a coal bunker explosion aboard the Adriatic.
Died while queuing at a Southampton bank
Alice Phillips died from influenza aged 31.
Adāl Najīb Qiyāmah
Died of cancer aged 27.
Oscar Leander Johansson Palmquist
Murdered by the partner of his mistress.
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.
Henry William Frauenthal
Jumped from his apartment balcony after months of depression partially resulting from the mental illness of his wife.
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.
Died from effects of ptomaine poisoning aged 18.
Killed in a car accident.
From pneumonia, aged 20.
Hit by a car while crossing the road.
Died from sepsis, aged 25.
Had battled asthma all his life and passed away aged 42.
Frank Osman hanged himself in his pub cellar.
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.
Died at the age of 47, officially of heart disease but it is speculated, due to an overdose of prescription drugs.
Believed lost overboard from the SS Aronna off the coast of Australia (1940)
Edgar Lionel Perry
Killed in a Southampton pub during the blitz.
Died in a psychiatric hospital from the effects of syphilis
Died due to complications from routine surgery.
Slit his own throat and wrists due to depression over the loss of his son during World War II.
John Morgan Davis
Poisoned himself during the Christmas holidays after his wife left him.
Phyllis May Quick
Shot herself in the head at a time of marital problems.
Committed suicide by drinking bleach.
Died of cancer aged 46
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.
Died in a motorcycling accident.
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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