Anglesey's Titanic heroes honoured


Geraint Jones

TWO Anglesey men who were on board the Titantic are to be commemorated, 100 years after the ship’s ill-fated maiden voyage.

A plaque to crew members Edward Brown and Hugh Roberts will be unveiled at Marine Square in Holyhead tomorrow (Friday, December 14).

Mr Brown’s great, great nieces Valerie Lewis, aged 68, of Trearddur Bay and Olivia Goulding, aged 64, of Llanfairfechan, will attend the unveiling.

Valerie said: “We’re very excited and honoured. I think this is an important part of Holyhead’s history.”

Mr Brown was one of the last people to see the Titanic’s captain alive, as he helped passengers into the last lifeboat.

He spent three hour in the water after a wave hit the boat, before he was rescued.
Mr Brown then helped row the boat to safety, despite severely swollen hands and feet.

Olivia added: “I got hold of my great, great uncle’s testimony from the Titantic inquiry, and I’m extremely proud of how he stuck to his duties to help save around 12 lives before he was rescued himself.”

Mr Roberts, aged 40, was a bedroom steward who previously worked on the RMS Baltic, and lived in Liverpool.

He did not survive the disaster, and was buried at sea.

The cousins, with the help of John Cave from Holyhead Maritime Museum, applied to Anglesey Three Towns Programme to fund the plaque.

Anglesey MP Albert Owen said he was proud to unveil the plaque.

He added: “Yet another fascinating piece of history found here in Holyhead, Hugh Roberts and Edward Brown were brave men and to remember them on the centenary year of the sinking of the RMS Titanic makes it a poignant tribute to two local heroes.”


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