Mr Henry Damgaard Hansen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark on 22 May 1891. He was the son of Marie Hansen (b. 13 April 1858) but little else is known about his early life and his father, a bookkeeper, died when he was young.
He had two elder siblings, Agnes and Hjalmar, the latter of the two having emigrated to the New York around 1905.
He and his widowed mother appear on the 1911 Danish census as residents of Lemvig, Ringkøbing, he stating that he had only taken up residence there that year, having previously spent time living in Svendborg. He was described as a draper and was a graduate of the 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.
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