Mr Henry Damsgaard (Damgaard or Damgård) Hansen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark on 22 May 1891 the son of bookkeeper Marius Christian (b. 16 May 1856 in Ringköbing), and Ane Marie Hansen (nee Christensen; b. 13 July 1858 in Lemvig). His parents had married 16 November 1878 at Norlem, Ringköbing, Denmark. He was christened 19 July 1891 in the Church of Denmark tradition.
His known siblings were Agnes Elvine Christine, b. 21 September 1881 in Ringköbing (later Mrs. Bechgård), and Hjalmar Einar August, b. 12 August 1883 in Copenhagen.
In 1901, the family lived at Victoriagade (Victoria Street) in Copenhagen.
In 1911, he lived at Vestergade, Lemvig, Ringköbing, Denmark, where he had been working as a shopkeeper (draper?), he had been living there for a year having previously spent time living in Svendborg. His occupation was noted as a ’’manufacturist’’ in Danish, which might indicate he was a factory worker. He was a graduate from technical college in Copenhagen.
Intent on visiting his brother in New York, Hansen boarded Titanic at Southampton as a third class passenger (ticket number 350029, which cost £7, 17s, 1d).
Henry Hansen died in the sinking and his body (#69) was later recovered by the MacKay-Bennett:
NO. 69 - MALE - ESTIMATED AGE, 24 - HAIR, LIGHT; CLEAN SHAVEN
CLOTHING - Dark suit; black boots and socks.
EFFECTS - Silver watch, chain and charm; empty purse; cigarette case; pocket book with tickets; money order for $12; bills for $9.00; 10 kroner.
NO MARKS - THIRD CLASS - NAME - HENRY DAMSGAARD HANSEN, Denmark
The body was buried at sea on 24 April 1912 and his effects returned to his mother.
Henry's mother Marie Hansen, who lived in Ringkøbing but was in Copenhagen at the time, apparently fainted when she saw a poster reporting the sinking of the Titanic. She later received £20 in compensation from the Daily Telegraph Fund and in January 1913 received a further £50 from the Mansion House Relief Fund.