Mr Hans Kristensen Givard, 30, was the son of Laust Christensen Givard a crofter from Kølsen, Vorde Sogn, Denmark. He emigrated to America in his youth but could not stand the climate and had to return to Denmark. When his health improved he travelled to Argentina but returned to Denmark during the summers. It was on one such trip in the spring of 1912 that he found himself in Southampton. He then decided to go to North America instead and bought ticket 250646 for the Titanic. His family did not know he was on the Titanic he could not bear to say farewell to his mother again, so he left without saying good-bye.
Only after the disaster were the family told that he had been on the Titanic. His body was recovered (#305) and his belongings were sent home.
NO. 305. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 36. - HAIR, VERY FAIR, AND MUSTACHE.
CLOTHING - Dark brown striped suit; black overcoat; white shirt marked "D. M."; no socks; one white shoe; pink drawers.
EFFECTS - $55.00 in bills in pocketbook; keys; silver watch and compass; ?8 3s. 6d., and foreign coins in purse.
SECOND CLASS. NAME - HANS CHRISTIAN GIVARD.
A relative took care of the watch and tried to make it go by shaking it but without success. He then threw it away as worthless.
Givard was buried at Fairview cemetery, Halifax on 10 May, 1912.
Leif Snellman, Finland
Claes-Göran Wetterholm (1988, 1996, 1999) Titanic. Prisma, Stockholm. ISBN 91 518 3644 0
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