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Elin Gerda Lindell

Mrs Edvard Bengtsson Lindell (Elin Gerda), 30, was born 25 August 1881 in Raus, Malmöhus County, Sweden, the daughter of Nils, a general labourer b. 25 August 1843 at Raus, d. 3 October 1929, and Johanna (nee Nilsdotter; f. 22 June 1842 at Bärslöv, Malmöhus County, d. 8 September 1928) Persson. Her parents had married 29 November 1865. Her brothers and sisters, all born at Raus, were Edvard, b. 2 July 1870, Anders Peter, b. 22 December 1872, Nils, b. 6 May 1875, and Johan Albert, b. 27 August 1878.

She married Edvard Bengtsson Lindell 21 October 1905.

Elin was married to Edvard Lindell and lived at Pålstorp No 5, Skogsgatan 7, Helsingborg, Skåne, Sweden. They were emigrating to the USA and were destined for the home of A. Petterson, 10 Smith St. Hartford, Connecticut. It is possible that they were planning to settle in the same town.

They boarded the Titanic at Southampton as third class passengers.

Despite briefly reaching Collapsible A Elin died. Edvard held her wedding ring in his hand when she drowned, the ring came to be on the bottom of collapsible A that was not taken up by Carpathia. It was found by crew from the Oceanic 13 May 1912. In a long exchange of letters with ministry for foreign affairs, Swedish consulate and White Star Line it's identity was verified. First White Star said it should go to Gerda but finally realized it had to go to the nearest relative, her father. He, Nils Persson in Gantorfta finally got the ring but was requested to show proof of his right to it. Gerda's body was never found.

The Mansion House Fund paid 875.52 Kr (£48) to the parents. 1366.50 Kr (£75) damage claims paid to parents 29 May 1914.


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  1. Mauro Zungri

    Hello Friends! I look for information on the Lindell. Somebody can help me? THANKS!!!!!

  2. Brian J. Ticehurst

    Hello Mauro - Here is my printout for Mr. and Mrs. Lindell - you may find something new in it? Best regards - Brian Lindell, Mr. Edvard Bengtsson. Missing. Died in Lifeboat number A. Shoemaker of Palstorp No. 5, Skogsgatan 7, Helsingborg, Sweden. Next of kin - Nils Perston, Grantofla, Sweden. En route to - Mr. Ald Pettersen, Smith Street, 10, Hartford, Connecticut, USA. Born 31st January 1876. (From: Mansion House Titanic Relief Fund Booklet, March 1913) Number P. 207. Lindell and his Wife. Parents received a grant of £50. Insurance claim C91. Life $10,000. Property $250.... Read full post

  3. Mandy Le Boutillier

    Hi Mauro and Greetings Mr Ticehurst! You may be interested to know that Gerda Lindell's wedding ring (which is a very unusual style double ring - like wedding and engagement bands welded together)is currently on display in the Titanic exhibit that is travelling around Europe. It was seen by over 100,000 visitors during just three months in Barcelona last Summer. It is currently in Porto in Portugal but is moving to Bilbao and then on to Madrid. The ring is on display with a beautiful and poignant life sized photograph of the Lindells in which the ring can clearly be seen on Gerda's finger.... Read full post

  4. Bill Wormstedt

    Thanks for the information, Mandy - you answered just the question I was thinking of asking!

  5. Mauro Zungri

    Hello Brian, THANKS very very very much! by all the information. I apologize by my ingles I am of Argentinean and great-grandchild of James Vivian Drew (fleeting of second class) I am to your disposition in which it can serve to you. Sincere greetings

  6. Mauro Zungri

    For Thanks the information Mandy. Four years ago the rest of Titanic arrived at my country (Argentine) and was fabulous. Again thanks! Sincere greetings.

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Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mrs Elin Gerda Lindell (née Persson)
Age: 30 years 7 months and 21 days (Female)
Nationality: Swedish
Marital Status: Married to Edvard Bengtsson
Last Residence: in Helsingborg, Skåne, Sweden
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 349910, £15 11s
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Identified

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