Monday 5 March 2018

Titanic victims, Fairview Cemetery, Halifax, NS

Sister Sarah, Joey, Gord and I visited Fairview Cemetery today to pay respect to the 121 victims of the Titanic sinking who are buried there.

Though most are memorialized with small gray granite markers with the name and date of death, some families paid for larger markers with more inscriptions.  The occupants of a third of the graves have never been identified and their markers contain just the date of death and marker number.

One of the markers was for an unidentified child victim,
known as The Unknown Child. No one claimed the body.
 With forensic testing, the unknown child was identified
as 19-month-old Sidney Leslie Goodwin, an English
child who perished with his entire family.
A grave marked "J. Dawson" gained fame following the
release of Titanic since the name of Leonardo DiCaprio's
character in the film is Jack Dawson.  The grave 
actually belongs to Joseph Dawson, an Irishman
who worked in Titanic's boiler room as a coal trimmer.

Also in the cemetery is a memorial for the identified victims of the Halifax Explosion.

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