Left: John Law hume
Right: His grave at Fairview Cemetery, Halifax, N.S. (© Bob Knuckle, Canada).
Mr John "Jock" Law Hume, 21, lived at 42 George Street, Dumfries.
Hume died in the sinking; his body was later recovered by the MacKay Bennett. He was buried at Fairview Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
CLOTHING - Light rain coat; uniform jacket with green facing and vest; purple muffler.
EFFECTS - Cigarette case; silver watch; empty purse; knife with carved pearl handle; mute; brass button with "African Royal Mail"; English lever watch.
The members of the orchestra were employed by a Liverpool firm (C.W. and F.N. Black) who had contracts with all of the steamer companies to provide musicians. Until 1912 they were paid 6 pounds and 10 shillings a month plus a monthly uniform allowance of 10 shillings. Then the rates were cut to 4 pounds a month with no uniform allowance.
On 30th April, 1912, Jock Hume's father received this short and unwelcome note from Blacks:
We shall be obliged if you will remit us the sum of 5s. 4d., which is owing to us as per enclosed statement. We shall also be obliged if you will settle the enclosed uniform account.
C.W. & F.N. Black
The uniform account included items such as: lyre lapel insignia (2 shillings), sewing White Star buttons on tunic (1 shilling), and the total bill was 14 shillings and 7 pence.