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Titanic crew members honoured with plaque in Holyhead

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Media captionSteward Edward Brown helped load survivors into lifeboats

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.

Image caption 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.

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Media captionValerie Lewis, great-niece of Edward Brown, tells how she learnt of his Titanic role

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.

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