Philemon van Melckebeke

Mr Philemon Van Melkebeke was born on 1 January 1889.  He was a farm hand in the village of Haaltert, Belgium.

Across the field from the family farm, towards Heldergem, one could reach the bakery belonging to the family of Leo Van den Steen.

Van Melkebeke joined his friend, Jean Scheerlinckx, and headed to the United States to join the 1912 sugar beet campaign.

He boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a third class passenger (ticket number 345777, £9 10s).

He died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.

Newspaper Articles

New York Times (8 August 1913) Belgians Plan Titanic Suits
New York Times (13 September 1913) MORE TITANIC CLAIMS FILED
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Encyclopedia Titanica (2016) Philemon van Melckebeke (ref: #1282, last updated: 4th February 2016, accessed 29th July 2021 18:06:08 PM)

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