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TITANIC BIOGRAPHIES - JANUARY
 
2014 New Gallery!
WORLD TRIBUTE TO TIANIC’S 8 HEROIC MUSICIANS
Their Lives, Loves and Legacy – An Epic Ballad of the Sea

“Nearer, My God, to Thee”
The Wallace Henry Hartley Story

  Wallace Hartley
   

Wallace Henry Hartley was born in Colne, Lancashire, England, the first son of Elizabeth and Albion Hartley. As a lad he learned music basics from his father and friends, finally settling on the violin as his instrument of choice.

While playing at the elegant Collinson’s Café in Leeds, England, Wallace met Maria Robinson. They made a handsome couple and seemed headed for the altar, until Wallace decide to first see the world as a musician aboard luxury liners. Within three years he was asked to be the leader of the band on the newly launched Titanic. Just before sailing, Wallace and Maria became engaged and a wedding was planned for summer.

Titanic’s 8-member orchestra boarded at Southampton, England and traveled as second-class passengers. On board they performed as two separate groups - a quintet and a trio.
On the night of the collision the band was instructed to play without interruption in hopes of avoiding panic among the passengers.

Many of Titanic’s survivors recalled seeing and hearing the band playing during the ship’s agonizing last moments. “They kept it up to the very end,” said Titanic survivor, Charlotte Collyer - and when the music stopped, the legend began.

Wallace Hartley’s body was pulled from the sea ten days after the sinking. The prized violin his fiancé had given him was strapped to his chest.

Memorial services were held for Hartley at his birthplace in Colne, England. Newspaper estimates put the size of the crowd to be close to 40,000. His fiancé, Maria Robinson was there, leaving behind a floral cross of deep red roses and a poignant message – “ O reach me from my heart to say ‘Thy will be done.” Maria never married.

In death Wallace Hartley had come to represent not only those who had died on Titanic, but also the values that the British held dear – a sense of duty, selflessness and honor.

New in 2014 at Titanic Branson: Titanic’s 8 brave musicians are back in the spotlight, adding a dramatic, new dimension to your next visit.

1
1st Class Passenger
Dorothy Annan Harder
Died 1926
2
3rd Class Passenger
Franz Karun
Born 1872
3
1st Class Passenger
John Bertram Brady
Born 1870
4
Lookout
Archie Jewell
Born 1888
5
2nd Class Passenger
Bertha Lehmann Luhrs
Died 1967
6
1st Class Passenger
Margaret Bechstein Hays
Born 1887
7
Third Officer
Herbert John Pitman
Died 1961
8
Second Officer
Charles Herbert Lightoller
Died 1952
9
Chief Baker
Charles John Joughin
Died 1956
10
Boots Steward
Joseph Charles Chapman
Born 1879
11
3rd Class Passenger
Gertrud Emilia Klasen
Born 1910
12
1st Class Passenger
Arthur Ryerson
Born 1851
13
1st Class Passenger
William Thomson Sloper
Born 1883
14
Fireman/Stoker
Henry Dennis Witt
Born 1874
15
3rd Class Passenger
Jennie Hansen Emerson
Died 1952
16
2nd Class Passenger
Richard James Slemen
Born 1876
17
Fireman/Stoker
Walter Hurst
Died 1964
18
3rd Class Passenger
Nikolai Erland Kallio
Born 1894
19
3rd Class Passenger
Frank John William Goldsmith
Born 1902
20
3rd Class Passenger
Anna Turja Lundi
Died 1982
21
1st Class Passenger
Virginia Clark Tanner
Died 1958
22
Fireman
John O’Connor
Born 1884
23
2nd Class Passenger
Ellen Mary Toomey, Died 1933
24

1st Class Passenger
Martha Eustis Stephenson, Died 1934

25
1st Class Maid
Annie Ward Moynihan
Died 1955
26
2nd Class Passenger
Ingvar Enander
Born 1890
27
3rd Class Passenger
Berta Nilsson Christensen
Died 1976
28
3rd Class Passenger
Anna Katherine Kelly
Died 1969
29
Fireman/Stoker
Henry Noss
Born 1881
30
3rd Class Passenger
Guillaume Joseph
deMessemaeker
Born 1875
31
2nd Class Passenger
Lawrence Beesley
Born 1877

 
 
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