Titanic crew members honoured with plaque in Holyhead

Steward Edward Brown helped load survivors into lifeboats

Related Stories

Two men from Anglesey who were crew members on the ill-fated Titanic are being honoured with a plaque in their hometown of Holyhead.

Hugh Roberts died when the stricken liner sank on its maiden voyage in 1912 but Edward Brown survived.

The 34-year-old, who was a steward in first class, helped load lifeboats but was nearly washed overboard by a wave.

Anglesey MP Albert Owen unveiled the plaque in Holyhead on Friday.

Lifeboat with survivors One of the Titanic lifeboats, with some of the 700 survivors

The memorial in Marine Square details the port town's links with the Titanic and gives an account of what happened to both men.

It says that Mr Roberts died during the disaster. His body was recovered by the CS Mackay-Bennett, a cable repair ship which was used to recover bodies left floating in the Atlantic after the ship sank.

Mr Roberts was later buried at sea.

Meanwhile, Mr Brown was able to give his own version of what happened that night at an inquiry.

He had helped load lifeboats after the ship hit an iceberg but was washed overboard by a wave as he tried to leave in a boat as the ship sank.

Mr Brown, a non-swimmer, said it felt "like a lifetime" in the water, clinging onto a lifebelt until he was rescued by a collapsible lifeboat, one of the last to leave the Titanic.

Speaking to BBC Wales earlier this year, his great-great niece Olivia Goulding said: "He was in the water so long his hands and feet swelled up - he said that his feet were bursting through his boots, but he took an oar of the lifeboat".

Mr Brown later married but the physical toll from that night may have contributed to his death at the age of 48 in a Liverpool sanatorium. He left a widow and six-year-old daughter.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC North West Wales



7 °C 4 °C


  • Mukesh SinghNo remorse

    Delhi bus rapist says victim shouldn't have fought back

  • Aimen DeanI spied

    The founder member of al-Qaeda who worked for MI6

  • Before and after shotsPerfect body

    Just how reliable are 'before and after' photos?

  • A man shutting his eyes tightlyStrange light show

    What do you see when you close your eyes?

  • Sony WalkmanLost ideas

    What has happened to Japan's inventors?

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.