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Members of the Titanic's Band Who Died at Their Post: W. Hartley, Leader; P. C. Taylor, J. L. Hume, G. Krine, W. Woodward, and W. T. Brailey.

Members of the Titanic's Band Who Died at Their Post: W. Hartley, Leader; P. C. Taylor, J. L. Hume, G. Krine, W. Woodward, and W. T. Brailey. The Literary Digest (25 May 1912) p. 1093. GGA Image ID # 10872e2ac0

The ship's eight-member orchestra was not on the White Star Line's payroll but was contracted to White Star by the Liverpool firm of C.W. & F.N. Black, which at that time placed musicians on almost all British liners.

The musicians boarded at Southampton and traveled as second-class passengers. Until the night of the sinking, the orchestra performed as two separate entities: a quintet led by violinist and official bandleader Wallace Hartley, that played at teatime, after-dinner concerts, and Sunday services, among other occasions; and a violin, cello, and piano trio comprising Roger Bricoux, George Krins, and Theodore Brailey, that played at the À La Carte Restaurant and the Café Parisien. None of the orchestra members survived.

  1. Theodore Ronald Brailey (24)  Pianist [P-BNR]
  2. Roger Marie Bricoux (20)  Cellist [P-BNR]
  3. John Frederick Preston Clarke (30)  Bassist [202-MB]
  4. Wallace Hartley (33)  Bandmaster, violinist [224-MB]
  5. John Law Hume (21)  Violinist [193-MB]
  6. Georges Alexandre Krins (23)  Violinist [P-BNR]
  7. Percy Cornelius Taylor (32)  Cellist [P-BNR]
  8. John Wesley Woodward (32)  Cellist [P-BNR]

Titanic's Brave Musician Heroes - Led by Mr. W. Hartley of Dewsbury

Titanic's Brave Musician Heroes - Led by Mr. W. Hartley of Dewsbury. The Illustrated London News (11 May 1812) p. 700. GGA Image ID # 101cf7267c

Legend For Survivor or Lost Passengers and Crew Members

  • LB-# or A-D - Survivor on Lifeboat 1-16 or Collapsible Lifeboat A-D
  • P-BNR - Perished, Body Not Recovered or Body Not Identified
  • MB – CS Mackay-Bennett (bodies 1–306)
  • M – CS Minia (bodies 307–323)
  • MM – CGS Montmagny (bodies 326–329)
  • A – SS Algerine (body 330)
  • O – RMS Oceanic (bodies 331–333)
  • I – SS Ilford (body 334)
  • OT – SS Ottawa (body 335)

Numbers 324 and 325 were unused, and the six bodies buried at sea by the Carpathia also went unnumbered. Several recovered bodies were unidentifiable and thus not all numbers are matched with a person.

Upon recovery, the bodies of 209 identified and unidentified victims of the sinking were brought to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Of those, 121 were taken to the non-denominational Fairview Lawn Cemetery, 59 were repatriated, 19 were buried in the Roman Catholic Mount Olivet Cemetery, and 10 were taken to the Jewish Baron de Hirsch Cemetery. The bodies of the remaining recovered victims were either delivered to family members or buried at sea.

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