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Walter John van Billiard

Master Walter John van Billiard was born in France, on 28 February 1903, the younger son of Austin Blyer van Billiard and Maude Murray.

Walter boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a third class passenger , together with his father and brother James

Walter lost his life in the sinking. His body, was identified by the Red Cross as the very first to be recovered by the MacKay Bennett1.

NO. 1. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE. - 10-12. - HAIR. LIGHT.

CLOTHING - Overcoat, grey; one grey coat; one blue coat; grey woolen jersey; white shirt; grey knickers; black stockings; black boots

EFFECTS - Purse containing few Danish coins and ring; two handkerchiefs Marked "A".

PROBABLY THIRD CLASS

The body was returned to Halifax and, following communication on 2 May, were forwarded two days later to North Wales, Pennsylvania. Walter van Billiard at his father were buried at Union Cemetery, Zion Lutheran Church, Flourtown, Pennsylvania.

Notes

1. Because of the effects recovered with the body there has to be some doubt over the authenticity of the identification.

Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Master Walter John van Billiard
Age: 9 years 1 month and 15 days (Male)
Nationality: American
Last Residence: in London, England
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 851, £14 10s
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body recovered by: Mackay-Bennett (No. 1)
Buried: Union Cemetery, Zion Lutheran Church, Flourtown, Pennsylvania, United States

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Newspaper Articles

Daily Home News (22 April 1912) LOST HIS BROTHER ON TITANIC
North American (22 April 1912) The Van Billiard Brothers
North American (23 April 1912) NORTH WALES PEOPLE NOT AMONG SURVIVORS
Daily Home News (23 April 1912) VAN BILLIARD BOYS MAY HAVE STUCK TO FATHER
North American (8 May 1912) NORTH WALES VICTIMS OF THE TITANIC ARRIVE

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Kearsley/Christ Church Hospital
Final home of Maud Van Billiard
Van Billiard family monument
Van Billiard monument, side view

Documents and Certificates

(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.

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Van Billiard (Red Cross)
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