Mr Léopold Weisz

Leopold Weisz

Mr Leopold Weisz, was born in Veszprém, Hungary about 1875 the son of jewish parents1.

When he was 19 he went to study at the Bromsgrove Guild of Art in England where he met and married a native Belgian, a Roman Catholic, Mathilde Françoise Pëde.

In the 1911 census they are shown living at Albert Terrace, Victoria Road, Bromsgrove.

In September 1911 he crossed the Atlantic on the Lusitania. He found work in Montreal carving the frieze for the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts at 1379 Sherbrooke St. W., then was contracted by Edward Wren to carve the stone shields representing Canada's nine provinces which decorate the Dominion Express Building at 201 St. Jacques St. W. Both examples of his work still remain.

Montreal was in the middle of building boom in 1912 and Weisz decided "Quebec was the place to make money from art." He went back to England to fetch his wife. (He did not plan to return to Bromsgrove, but to set up business in Canada with Mr Wren.) The couple were to have returned on the Lusitania, but because of the coal strike, were transferred to Titanic. They booked their berths in March 1912 with Messrs Houlden Bros and Son and boarded the Titanic at Southampton (ticket number 228414, £26).

Before they boarded, Mr Weisz sewed his life savings, about $15,000 worth of gold, into the lining of his coat. On the night of the sinking he went for a walk on deck while his wife took part in the impromtu hymn sing in the Second Class Dining Room. Mrs Weisz sang the Last Rose of Summer and thought that her rendition had "met with great success." After the recital she joined her husband on deck, but the temperature had dropped to -1°c. They shivered, and as they headed inside, Mrs Weisz told her husband she felt "strange." "I guess we're in the ice," he replied. They had just returned to their cabin at 11:40 p.m. when they felt a tremor.

Mrs Weisz survived. He husband did not. Mrs Weisz was in danger of being deported back to England as an indigent until her husband's body was recovered (#293) and the gold sewn inside his coat returned to her.

NO. 293. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 42. HAIR, DARK. FAIR MOUSTACHE.

CLOTHING - Black coat, fur lined Astrachan collar; grey suit; "W. L" on shirt.

EFFECTS - Key chain and keys; gun metal watch; cigarette case; two pocketbooks; bank book; gold watch; silver wrist watch; two cuff buttons; one gold ring; one pin; one gold chain; £56 in gold; one dollar and coins; £30 in notes; $26 in notes.

SECOND CLASS.

NAME - LEOPOLD WEISZ, Worcester.

His body was shipped to Montreal for burial in Section One of the Baron de Hirsch Cemetery. The exact location of the grave is not known.

His widow Mathilde later married his business partner Edward Lancelot Wren.

Credits
Alan Hustak, Canada
Dirk Musschoot, Belgium
Ken Knott, Canada
Alan Tucker, UK
Hermann Söldner, Germany

Notes
1 The 1911 Lusitania passenger list gives his denomination as Roman Catholic.
References and Sources
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957
White Star Line (1912) Record of Bodies and Effects (Passengers and Crew S.S. "Titanic") Recovered by Cable Steamer "MacKay Bennett" Including Bodies Buried at Sea and Bodies Delivered at Morgue in Halifax, N.S.
Nova Scotia Public Archives (Resources)
Birmingham Daily Gazette, 16 - 19 April 1912 inc.
Alan Hustak (1999) Titanic, The Canadian Story. Véhicule Press, ISBN 1-55065-113-7
Montreal Daily Herald, 15 April 1932
Montreal Star, 6 May 1912, Body of L Weisz Titanic Victim Buried Here

Articles and Stories

BODY OF L WEISZ, TITANIC VICTIM BURIED HERE

Montreal Star  (1912) 

BODY OF L WEISZ, TITANIC VICTIM BURIED HERE

 
MONTREAL PASSENGER RECOUNTS TRAGIC SINKING OF TITANIC

Montreal Herald  (1932) 

MONTREAL PASSENGER RECOUNTS TRAGIC SINKING OF TITANIC

 
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