Halifax in Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia — The Atlantic Provinces
Fairview Lawn Cemetery
A Significant Part of Nova Scotia’s Unique Marine Heritage
On April 10, 1912, the Titanic left on her maiden voyage with over 2,000 passengers and crew members aboard. Four days later, she struck an iceberg south of Newfoundland. She sank in two hours 40 minutes. Just over 700 survivors in lifeboats were
Over the years, many relatives, friends and visitors have come to honour the memory of the Titanic victims buried in Fairview Lawn Cemetery.
Why do the gravestones have the inscription: Died April 15, 1912? The Titanic sank at 2:20 am on April 15, 1912. Given the freezing temperatures, it was believed that most victims died of exposure soon after the sinking.
What does the number on the gravestones represent? The bodies of all the Titanic victims buried in Halifax were recovered at sea near the area of the sinking. The number on the gravestone is the number assigned when the bodies were found. James McGrady, victim 330, was the last victim to be found. His body was recovered by the Algerine in mid-May, 1912.
Why are some gravestones larger? The company that owned the Titanic, the White Star Line, purchased a section of land in Fairview Lawn Cemetery and paid for small ‘black granite’ headstones engraved with the name and the number of the victim and the date of the tragedy. The cost of any additional engraving or more elaborate stones was assumed by families, friends or other groups.
Why were so few of the Titanic victims women? There were over three times as many men (including the crew) on board the Titanic as there were women. However, the percentage of women who survived was much greater. In fact, because Titanic’s crew tried to give preference to women and children, over half of the 705 survivors were women and children. Four of the nineteen female victims recovered are buried in Fairview Lawn Cemetery.
In the outer curved line of graves, you will notice that one of the large gravestones is dedicated to the
Although Ernest Freeman was chief deck steward, he was also a favorite employee of Ismay, the Managing Director of the White Star Line. Ismay’s father founded the White Star Line in 1869. Ismay survived the disaster. Perhaps motivated by both guilt and admiration, Ismay had the following inscribed on Freeman’s gravestone.
He remained at his post of duty, seeking to save others, regardless of his own life and went down with his ship.
At the top of the first row of graves, you will see the small vertical monument ”Erected to the memory of an Unknown Child whose remains were recovered after the disaster to the Titanic, April 15th, 1912.”
The body of this very young child was one of the first bodies recovered by seamen of the Mackay-Bennett at the location of the sinking of the Titanic. Profoundly moved by this sad event, the crew of the Mackay-Bennett asked to sponsor a memorial service for the Unknown Child. The funeral was held on May 4, 1912 at St. George’s Round Church on Brunswick Street. The headstone for the Unknown Child was purchased by the crew of the Mackay-Bennett.
For years the combination
On July 30, 2009, researchers at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay presented their findings based on DNA testing and announced that the Unknown Child was Sidney Leslie Goodwin, the youngest of the six children of Frederick and Augusta Goodwin. The family had booked passage on a smaller steamer but it was delayed so they transferred to Titanic. All eight members of the family perished in the disaster.
Of the 150 Titanic victims buried in Halifax, about 40 remain unidentified. Careful notes were made regarding clothing, jewelry, papers and other personal effects found on the bodies. Thanks to these meticulous records, dedicated researchers have been able to establish the identity of a number of Titanic victims in recent years.
It was often a tiny clue that enabled researchers to trace the identity of a victim. The letters J H sewn on an undergarment proved invaluable in identifying Titanic victim No. 3 who was a woman. Based on the passenger list, only one woman lost in the disaster had the initials J.H. Her name was Jenny Henriksson. She was from Stockholm, Sweden
Five other victims buried at Fairview Lawn Cemetery were identified and honoured at the same ceremony. They were Frank Couch, William Denton Cox, Alan Vincent Franklin, F. Woodford, and a Finnish woman Wendla Maria Heininen. Her body, No. 8, had V.H. embroidered on her chamise and she had 150 Finnish marks sewn into her clothes.
Erected by Fairview Lawn Cemetery.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Disasters • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1822.
Location. 44° 39.56′ N, 63° 37.401′ W. Marker is in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in Halifax Regional Municipality. Marker is on Windsor Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3720 Windsor Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Halifax and RMS Titanic (here, next to this marker); Izaak Walton & Dorothy Johnston Killam (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Halifax Explosion Unidentified Dead (about 150 meters away); Fort Needham Memorial ParkCaptain / Capitaine James Cook (approx. 1.9 kilometers away); Deadman's Island (approx. 2.9 kilometers away); William Henry Chase (approx. 3.4 kilometers away); Halifax and Castine / Halifax et Castine (approx. 3.5 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Halifax.
More about this marker. This marker is located inside Fairview Lawn Cemetery near the graves of the Titanic victims.
Regarding Fairview Lawn Cemetery. The Nova Scotia city of Halifax would be the centre of the operation to recover the dead from the Atlantic, and to meet the enormous task that lay ahead, John Snow and Company Ltd., the area’s largest funeral directors, were brought in to oversee the funeral arrangements, who in turn enrolled the help of forty members of the Funeral Director’s Association of Maritime Provinces to assist with the recovery of the dead.
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