Eino Viljam Panula

Master Eino Viljami Panula, 1, was born on 10 March, 1911, The son of Juha and Maria Panula, he boarded the Titanic at Southampton with his mother and four brothers. They were travelling to Coal Centre, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania to join their father.

Eino died in the sinking; while a tentative 2002 identification gave him as the identity of body 4 recovered by the MacKay Bennett, it was suggested in 2007 that this body in fact belonged to Sidney Goodwin.

References and Sources

Claes-Göran Wetterholm (1988, 1996) Titanic, Rabén, Stockholm.
White Star Line (1912.) Record of Bodies and Effects (Passengers and Crew S.S. "Titanic") Recovered by Cable Steamer "MacKay Bennett" Including Bodies Buried at Sea and Bodies Delivered at Morgue in Halifax, N.S. Public Archives of Nova Scotia, Halifax, N.S., Manuscript Group 100, Vol. 229, No. 3d, Accession 1976-191, 76 pp., unpaged. (#4)

Research Articles

Alan Ruffman Titanica! (2011) The Final Identification of the Unknown Child
Identification of Body No. 4 in Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Halifax

Newspaper Articles

The Daily Notes (22 April 1912) Charleroi Man Loses Family
John Panula Had Home Ready for Wife and Children


Sandi Krawchenko Altner (2011) Titanic's Unknown Child
A small pair of brown shoes have provided the determining factor in deciding the true identity of Titanic's Unknown child.

Graves and Memorials

Brandon C. Holm Titanica! (2007) RMS Titanic: The Funerals, Memorials and Legacy of the Lost Passengers and Her Crew
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  1. Hilda Jaschke said:

    I'm looking for a picture of little Eino Panula! People magazine had a picture of the family in last weeks magazine but I can't fin it online! Can anyone help!

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    Michael H. Standart said:

    Danger...danger Will Robinson If a photo of this unfortunate child appeared in People Magazine, you can bet that a copyright still applies. As such, it would be inappropriate to post the photo here without the copyright holder's permission. Having said that much, if somebody has that photo, one could always scan it and send it in an e-mail to Hilda.

  3. Melissa Negri said:

    Hilda, I just looked up the pic that is listed in the issue of People that the article appears in. In the caption, it states that the pic was taken prior to Eino's birth. When I look real closely at the pic it appears that Maria is pregnant, so it may be Eino that she is carrying, but he is not one of the children present in the photo. Hope that helps. : ) Melissa : )

  4. ulla appelsin said:

    I am a Finnish journalist and I am trying to find more material on the family Panula, mother Maria and her five sons, youngest of which was Eino, Titanic's "unknown child. They all died in Titanic. Does anyone know anything about them? Have you read any interesting books

  5. Carol Goroff said:

    Melissa, Who were the children photographed in the People article? What issue? This query is two years late, but I just joined this message board. Carol Goodwin Goroff

  6. Hildur Panula-Heinonen said:

    I am a relative of Eino Panula, and i have lots of family photos. I have a pic of a pregnant Maija(Maria's birth name), her husband, and one of their two daughters, who both died young, circa 1903, and a pic of Eino after his christening in 1911, but they are in Canada, and i am in Finland. I will send for them, and post them when i get them.

  7. Melinda Laura Varju said:

    Thanks so much. I'm quite eager to see the children. (Hildur, in English, you are allowed to capitalize the first person, in Hungary they don't capitalize either )

  8. Hildur Panula-Heinonen said:

    sorry, Melinda, i am learning real English, every thing about it.

  9. Melinda Laura Varju said:

    You are doing EXCELLENT! I always wonder how other countries teach their students so well! If I'd be back home, honestly, I could not speak it at all, that's just the truth.

  10. Hildur Panula-Heinonen said:

    I is being taughted from books, and my Professor. Thanks you lots!

  11. Hildur Panula-Heinonen said:

    I am a direct descendent of Eino Viljami Panula. We have always known of the disaster, and a few years ago, my grandma, Magda was asked to supply DNA for help to discover the unknown child's name.

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    Michael H. Standart said:

    Hilder, since Eino was a 13 month old toddler at the time of his death, unless his was incredibly precocious to the point of making medical history, there is no way he could have fathered any children. Thus, there is no way you could be directly decended from him.

  13. Hildur Panula-Heinonen said:

    his mother's sister is my grandma's grandma, and that is the closest descendents there is in the whole world related to Eino, my mum said we are basically directly.

  14. Hildur Panula-Heinonen said:

    I a a relative of Eino Viljami Panula, my grandma's grandma's sister was Maija(Maria)

  15. Hildur Panula-Heinonen said:

    are you from Finland? I am from Helsinki.

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    Maritha Boström said:

    Perhaps this has been mentioned in some other thread, but if not: You can only be a descendent to someone who had children. Eino is not your ancestor, nor your great grandfather. He is just related to you. Had your grandmother's mother, or so, been a daughter of Eino, he would have been your ancestor and thus you would have been his descendent. Best regards, Maritha the genealogy freak as well as Titanic freak

  17. Marilyn Lena Penner said:

    Is this right? Eino's mother and your great-great grandmother were sisters. So, Eino and your great-grandmother (or great-grandfather) were first cousins. Eino dies at thirteen months old, so he did not have children. Since children descend from their parents, and the parents from their parents. (they make up the branches on the family tree), Eino did not have any descendants. (No branches come after his name) Meanwhile, your great-grandparent had a child (your grand-mother) who had a child (your father or mother) who had a child (you) You and Eino are descended from your... Read full post

  18. Hildur Panula-Heinonen said:

    they took dna from my grandma to match us with Eino, that is how (plus our tree )we are related.

  19. Hildur Panula-Heinonen said:

    So as to clear that People magazine picture of the"unknown child" it is NOT Eino, but his sister Emma Iida, aged 2, with their father Juha and five-months- pregnant mother, Maija. Emma and the baby (Lyydia) who Maija is carrying both died young. Emma died in 1910 and the baby (Lyydia) died at 6 months of age. Just so everyone knows.

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