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Georges Alexandre Krins


Mr Georges Alexandre Krins, 23, was born in Paris, 18th March, 1889. He entered the Conservatoire Royal de Musique in Liège, Belgium on 30th October 1902 and studied there until 1908.

He reportedly wished to pursue a military career. However, he was persuaded by his parents to return to remain in civilian life. He worked in his father's shop and played in La Grande Symphonie, Spa. In 1910, he entered as first violin at Le Trianon Lyrique in Paris. After that, he travelled to London and played 2 years at the Ritz Hotel until in March 1912. In the beginning of April 1912, when he was recruited by CW & FN Black in Liverpool to play on the Titanic, he was the bandmaster of the Trio String Orchestra playing near the Café Français. His London address was 10 Villa Road, Brixton.


Krins died in the disaster, his body, if recovered, was never identified.

Le Soir (Belgium), 5th May, 1912
JF Germain, L'écho du naufrage du Titanic en Belgique
RTL-TVI, Les belges du Titanic, Television Programme

Philippe Delaunoy, Belgium
Jean-Francois Willame

Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mr Georges Alexandre Krins
Age: 23 years and 28 days (Male)
Nationality: Belgian
Last Residence: in London, England
Occupation: Musician
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 250654
Cabin No. E
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Identified

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Research Articles

Senan Molony Titanica! (2004) Titanic's Band: Killing Them Softly.
Just how many people did the ship's orchestra kill?

Newspaper Articles

Worcester Evening Gazette (20 April 1912) Brave Musicians of Ship Meet Fate Trying To Drown Cries of the Perishing Passengers
Toronto Daily Star (24 April 1912) Nearer My God, To Thee, Is Musicians' Prayer
Those on the Titanic Played It Knowing Their End Was Close at Hand
Liverpool Echo (25 April 1912) The Brave Bandsmen - A Belgian Memorial


Krins Familly tombstone in Spa Cemetery (Belgium)
Memorial to Georges Krins
(1889) Georges Alexandre Krins: Record of Birth
18 March 1889 / 15 April 1912
(1912) Concert by the Apollo Club, Brooklyn in aid of musicians' families
(2002) Inauguration G. Krins Memorial Spa (Belgium)


Senan Molony Titanic Review (2011) The Band That Played On
Senan Molony reviews Steve Turner's new book about the musicians aboard the Titanic The Band that Played On


Nearer My God to Thee
White Star Line Repertoire

Graves and Memorials

Philippe Delaunoy Titanica! (2006) Georges Krins - the Lost Memorial
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  1. Philippe Delaunoy

    Philippe Delaunoy said:

    Dear all, I'm making some research on Georges Krins here in Belgium. Georges Krins was a violonist playing near the A la Carte Restaurant. G. Krins was born in Paris in 1889 and lived in Spa and Lií¨ge(Belgium) from 1895 to 1909. I can say that I took some arrangements with Belgium Local Authorities and obtained that a commemorative tablet will be place on the last house occupied by Georges Krins in Spa. The date is not yet confirmed but the tablet will probably be inaugurated in August or September 2002. I'm trying to found a descendant of G. Krins. I noticed that his sister... Read full post

  2. Philippe Delaunoy

    Philippe Delaunoy said:

    Dear all, As I said, a commemorative tablet will be inaugured in Spa (Belgium) around the 15th September 2002. Can someone help me finding a music sheet of "Nearer, my God, to Thee" ? The Music will be played by a violonist. Many thanks in advance. Phil

  3. Brandon Whited

    Brandon Whited said:

    Good to hear that Mr. Krins will be commemorated. I believe the T.H.S. homepage sells sheet music. You might want to check there.

  4. Philippe Delaunoy

    Philippe Delaunoy said:

    Dear all, I have the great pleasure to inform you that a commemorative plaque in memoriam of Georges Alexandre Krins will be inaugured in Spa (Belgium) on Saturday 14th September 2002 at 11:00 (local time). You are all welcome ! Best regards Phil

  5. Philippe Delaunoy

    Philippe Delaunoy said:

    Some pictures of the plaque inaugured in Spa on 14th September : Phil

  6. Mike Herbold

    Mike Herbold said:

    Philippe: Thank you for sharing the photos of the Krins plaque. You probably have this book already, but I just wanted to make sure you are aware of Dirk Musschoot's, "De Vlamingen Op De Titanic". He has a ten page chapter on Krins.

  7. Brandon Whited

    Brandon Whited said:

    Wonderful pictures, Philippe. As I said in my earlier post, it is good to see Mr. Krins get a memorial plaque.

  8. Philippe Delaunoy

    Philippe Delaunoy said:

    Hi all, Thanks Brandon. We were very glad because the plaque is the first memorial in Belgium for a Titanic passenger/crew member. Attempts were made in 1912/1914 but WWI made that the memorial was never build. Mike, Yes I know the book. The day of the inauguration, I met the man who ownes 1 of the 4 known original pictures of G. Krins. It was very moving to see it really for the first time. Best regards, Phil

  9. Philippe Delaunoy

    Philippe Delaunoy said:

    NEW MEMORIAL FOUND IN BELGIUM !!! A tombstone showing an epitaph relating to George Krins - Musician on board the Titanic - has been identified in Spa (Belgium). George Krins was violonist and bandmaster of the stringorchestra on board the Titanic. His body, if recovered, was never identified. George Krins was the grand-nephew of Ernest Krins, a well-known Belgian painter. I'll go to Spa as soon as possible and post some pictures of the stone. Phil

  10. Philippe Delaunoy

    Philippe Delaunoy said:

    Descendants of Titanic Violonist Georges Krins are now identified ! An article will follow soon !

  11. Colleen Collier

    Colleen Collier said:

    GOOD JOB! I can't wait to learn about them!

  12. Inger Sheil

    Inger Sheil said:

    Good stuff, Philippe! I echo Colleen's words - looking forward to learning more about the violinist.

  13. Philippe Delaunoy

    Philippe Delaunoy said:

    Dear all, I just identified Georges Krins' nephew !!! He is also named 'Georges Krins' in order to honor his uncle. He is now 84 years old. I planned a visit next June. I will keep you informed.

  14. Philippe Delaunoy

    Philippe Delaunoy said:

    Dear all, I finally had the possibility to make a jump to Spa and we indeed found the grave of the Krins/Petit familly (Laetitia Petit, Catherine Krins, Suzanne Krins, "En memoire de Georges Krins mort sur le TITANIC en 1912" / "In memory of Georges Krins died on the TITNAIC in 1912". I will post pictures as soon as possible. We are now working on the George Krins Memorial that never as been built in Liege (due to WWI). We now have some letters and plans of the memorial (stone and bronze) ... to be continued ... All the Best, Phil

  15. Franck Gavard-Perret

    Franck Gavard-Perret said:

    Hi Philippe, I have in my possession a famous issue of French newspaper "L'Illustration", published on April, 27th, 1912. Many photos are published. Among them, the most famous photo (available on ET, at Krins' biography) about George Krins. According to the journalist who wrote the article, the musicians had been heros during the fatal night... Maybe you have this issue. If it's not the case, you'll be able to add this one to your own bibliography and own collection. Best wishes, Franck

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