Friday, February 1, 2008
Barbara West's Obituary
One of the two last survivors of the 1912 sinking of the ill-fated
Southampton liner, Titanic, has died.
Throughout her life, Barbara West Dainton shunned publicity, refusing
to talk about the loss of the Titanic and in the end she insisted her
funeral, held earlier this week in Truro, was to take place before any
public announcement of her death.
With her death in Cornwall aged 96 the only remaining Titanic
passenger left alive is 95-year-old Milvina Dean who lives in
Woodlands, near Southampton.
Born in Bournemouth, Dorset, Mrs West Dainton was a second-class
passenger on Titanic with her father, mother and sister, Constance.
She survived the sinking possibly aboard lifeboat ten, along with her
mother and sister and went on to marry in 1952.
Milvina Dean was just a ten week old baby when the ship hit the
iceberg and was the youngest person to live to tell the tale of the
loss of Titanic.