Poundstock lady pays tribute to her grandfather at Titanic commemoration

Tuesday 17th April 2012 10:00 pm
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GRANDDAUGHTER: Sian Blake pictured at her home in Poundstock following her visit to Southampton. ()

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THE granddaughter of a baker who worked on board the Titanic returned to her home county recently as she paid tribute to those lost at sea.

Sian Blake of Poundstock, formerly from Hampshire, was amongst over 650 descendants who visited Southampton Port on Tuesday, April 10, for a Concert of Commemoration.

As she threw a yellow rose over the dockside, Sian pictured the tragic events of which her grandfather, John James Davies, fell victim .

"It was quite upsetting, but nice to be there," she said. "Numerous people told stories and it was so overwhelming."

Whilst in Southampton, Sian also wanted to find out if anyone else was related to any of the bakers that were aboard the Titanic. She did not find anyone, but met an author whose book about the Titanic she had recently read. Previous appeals for information in a Southampton newspaper, were also unsuccessful.

Sian told the 'Post' that her grandfather first worked in the army, but decided to work on the ships because it was better pay. He earned five shillings a month and hoped to, one day, set up his own bakery in Southampton.

It was whilst working as an extra second baker on board the RMS Olympic, one of the Titanic's sister White Star Liners, that John was transferred to the Titanic.

For the full report, and a round up of the area news and sport, please see this week's edition of the 'Post'.

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