22 July, 2002 14:00 BST
Disaster and aftermath
reconstruction of the gatherings of relatives at Canute Chambers
sinking of the Titanic was the largest maritime disaster to ever hit
any one city.
Of the crew, 724 lived within the Southampton area. Of this number,
only 175 returned home to their friends and families.
Many families applied for help with school fees and apprenticeship
no 426 "Owing
to delicate health of son Victor Gatti, aged ten years....
The committee has paid from Compassionate fund, fees for
education of private school at the rate of £3.6.8d per
term (£10 per annum) ….. such payment to continue for
remainder of school period at discretion of Southampton
Southampton Titanic Committee,
Minutes book no 2
applied to the funds because they
had been dependent on their family members' income and many
found it necessary to apply to pay for those things that we
often take for granted:
Penrose no 551 "
8/6 to Miss Penrose. Cost a pair of eye glasses
no 272 "That all the Saints Parish relief committee
be asked to contribute half the cost of Mrs Fielders
no 698 "One
Quart of milk per day six eggs to the value of 1/2d per
week to be continued to Mrs Johnson (widow) for a further
(To 31 Jan 1915)"
Jones no 466 "The
deceased was a single man aged 20 and the claim is entered
on behalf of his brother, a boy aged nine and his sisters
both under 12.
father of deceased was a well known musician in Southampton
but owing to poverty was not able to maintain his family,
prior to the departure of the "Titanic" the boy aged
nine was placed under the charge of the matron of Shirley
Warren work house, who is allowed to look after him
by the guardians.
two little girls are at present being looked after by
the Society of Musicians and the Charity Organisation
Society and other friends."
Southampton Titanic Committee
Minutes book no 2. 1914
news about the sinking of the Titanic had spread across the
world, and as so many people from different countries and classes
were affected, a great deal of effort was put into raising money
for the Relief Fund. Financial
help came from many different sources. Many individuals as well
as companies contributed.
All those who can afford it, let them give contribution,
large or small, in honour of the illustrious dead, and
to show their practical and needed sympathy. It is needed.
No matter how small, it will be heartily welcome."
Titanic From Rare Historical Reports,
sold to raise moneyfor the relief fund.
of help came from far and wide and from many different sources
irrespective of class or personal income everybody pulled together
to raise money in aid of the Titanic Relief Fund.
commemorative items were made to raise funds.
Record "Be British" by Ernest Gray (L Wright) sold in aid
of the relief fund
people worked together to arrange musical concerts and other
local charity events, everyone worked together to help the families
Charity record releases are nothing new - gramaphone recordings
were also released to add to the coffers of the relief fund.
and visitors to Hove were surprised yesterday to see
a small red motorcar slowly gliding along the front
bearing on each side of the car, on the back and on
the bonnet, large posters with the words "Titanic
Relief Fund". Please
assist the widows and orphans. Every little helps.
on vehicles are strictly forbidden by one of the Hove
by-laws, but in view of the large number of people observed
to voluntarily stop their car and give donations, it
may be gathered that the breach in this case for which,
it is understood, permission has been obtained was not
resented. The sum collected will be added to the Mayor
Of Hove`s Fund."
1912 News cutting,
Atlantic Daily Bulletin, Number1, 2001 p10