Mr Harris Cornblatt (Harry Corn)

Mr Harris Cornblatt ("Harry Corn") 1 was born around 1882 in Warsaw, Poland, then part of the Russian Empire. Little else is known about his early life.

He was married to Ritka (aka Rebecca) (b. 1883), also from Warsaw, around 1904 before settling in London. The couple, who were Jewish, are believed to have fled the pogroms sweeping Eastern Europe. In England they would have three children, one son and two daughters: Morris (b. 1906), Fanny "Fay" (b. 1907) and Yetta "Stella" (b. 1909). Their son Morris died whilst still a small infant. The family appear on the 1911 census living at 9 Ebor Street, Church Street, Bethnal Green, Shoreditch, London and Harris was described as an upholsterer's labourer.

Harris is believed to have worked his own upholstery business but had been encouraged to go to America where the prospects were much better, with his wife's parents already living there who were keen to bring their family closer to them. It was the original intention that the family would travel to the USA as a whole, but one of his children fell ill and it was decided he would travel alone with his wife and children to follow.

He boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a third class passenger (ticket number SOTON/OQ 392090, which cost £8, 1s) but his exact destination in the USA is not certain.

Harris Cornblatt lost his life in the disaster. His body, if recovered, was never identified.

His widow Rebecca and her children never made the journey to America and lived in London for the remainder of their lives. Rebecca's final days were spent living at 55 Brune House, Toynbee Street, East London and she died there on 5 May 1959, later being buried in East Ham Jewish Cemetery, Newham, London. Harris is commemorated on her headstone:

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
REBECCA CORNBLATT
DIED 5th MAY 1959
AGED 74
DEEPLY MOURNED BY HER SORROWING
DAUGHTERS FAY AND STELLA,
SON-IN-LAW ALEC, GRANDCHILDREN,
RELATIVES AND FRIENDS
RELICT OF HARRIS CORNBLATT
LOST AT SEA
IN THE "TITANIC" DISASTER 1912
MAY HER DEAR SOUL REST
IN PEACE

Her daughter Stella had been married in 1941 to Alec A. Rothfeder (aka Redfern) and had two children: Stephen (b. 1944) and Phyllis (b. 1949). The family lived in London and Stella died in 1981.

What became of her daughter Fanny isn't entirely clear. She is believed to have married in the early 1930s (becoming Mrs Simon Fisher) and was still alive at the time of her mother's death in 1959.

Credits
Gavin Bell, UK
Geoff Whitfield,UK

Notes
  1. Spelling of surname uncertain. When he joined Titanic he gave his name as Harry Corn, obviously an abbreviated form of his name, but spelling varies across census, birth, marriage and death records to include: Corenblet, Cornblit, Cornblett, Cornblatt and Kornblat(t).
References and Sources
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
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