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Memorial to Bandmaster Wallace Hartley

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Memorial to Bandmaster Wallace Hartley

Post by Karen on Thu 19 Apr 2012 - 21:32

Echo of the Titanic Disaster.

A memorial to Mr. Wallace Hartley, bandmaster of the Titanic, has been fashioned by Mr. A.C. Lancaster, a well-known Colne violinist. It is in the shape of a violin, and is made from maple and pine wood, the latter being over 200 years old and taken from an old inn in Colne before its demolition a few years ago.

Source: Lloyd's Weekly News, July 21, 1912, Page 2

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Re: Memorial to Bandmaster Wallace Hartley

Post by Karen on Fri 20 Apr 2012 - 11:35



Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer to Thee!
E'en though it be a cross
That raiseth me;
Still all my song shall be,
"Nearer, my God, to Thee -
Nearer to Thee!"

Amid deeply impressive scenes, which will awaken sympathetic interest all over the world, the brave bandmaster of the Titanic, Mr. Wallace Hartley, was laid to rest yesterday at Colne, Lancashire, his native town, whither, no doubt, his thoughts went during those last moments before the great ship sank to the ocean-bed. In all, over 30,000 people were present at the burial, and hundreds of them were moved to tears at this pathetic home-coming of an English hero.
No doubt the spectators pictured him on the Titanic, with his band calmly playing "Nearer, my God, to Thee" while the boats - their last hope of safety - were pulling quickly and silently away in the darkness from the doomed vessel.
When Mr. Hartley's body was recovered from the sea his music-case was found strapped to him. Clearly he was a determined man, destined to die at his post doing his duty.
The body was brought to Liverpool on Friday by the liner Arabic. The aged father of the bandmaster was there to meet it, and tried in vain to conceal his emotion. A hearse, which had traversed the fifty-nine miles' journey through hilly country to Liverpool, was in waiting, and thus the remains were conveyed back to Colne.
Yesterday, the whole population of Colne was in mourning. Every house had its blinds drawn, and flags flew half-mast on all the public buildings. Thousands of visitors from various towns in Lancashire and Yorkshire and other parts of the country came to do honour to a heroic son of Britain.
A public service was held in the Bethel Independent Methodist chapel, where Mr. Hartley was originally a chorister, and his father choirmaster for twenty-five years. Then the body was conveyed to the cemetery to be buried in the family vault.
The funeral procession included the Corporation of Colne, representative of large numbers of institutions with which the dead hero had been associated, the East Lancs Territorial Regiment, five brass bands, and the Lancs County Constabulary (mounted and foot).
There were striking demonstrations of sympathy and distress as the procession passed through the streets which Mr. Hartley knew so well. Actuated by one common impulse, every man and boy uncovered his head as the hearse went by. Along the route rolled the solemn strains of the Dead March in "Saul," played continuously by the brass bands, and at the cemetery massed choirs sang with beautiful effect. "Nearer, my God, to Thee," vividly reminding everyone of the last scene on the Titanic.
Pathetic figures at the graveside were the parents of the dead hero, who stood side by side with bowed heads, while their son, who had perished nobly at sea, was laid in his earthly tomb. The service - which was conducted by Mr. T. Worthington, of Abram, senior minister of the Independent Methodist Connexion - terminated with the "Last Post," sounded by a large number of bugler scouts.
Beautiful flower tributes were received from all parts of the country - touching evidence that the heroic bandmaster, and his fellows, though dead, had left an example that will never perish.


The liner Baltic brought to Liverpool yesterday two survivors of the Titanic disaster - Mr. Harold Bride, the second wireless operator, and Miss Bagtar Bryhl. Mr. Bride, sen., met his son, and the two embraced affectionately.
The wireless operator declared his lips were sealed until he had given evidence before the commission. Father and son left for London by train, and Miss Bryhl proceeded to Hull.



Mr. Meyer, the Secretary for the Navy, has started a patrol service on the Atlantic steamship lanes.
He has ordered the scout cruiser Birmingham to cruise to the south of the Grand Banks to notify steamers by wireless telegraphy of the location of icebergs.
The Birmingham will leave Philadelphia on Sunday, and will remain in the ice region so long as her coal lasts. - Reuter.

Source: Lloyd's Weekly News, Sunday May 19, 1912

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