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 Bennett (1).

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 communicationon 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.

References and Sources

Record of Bodies and Effects: Passengers and Crew, S.S. Titanic (Public Archives of Nova Scotia) (#1)

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

Images

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

Miscellaneous

Van Billiard (Red Cross)
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