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Henry Samuel Morley.

( *Updated 24th November 2001)

HENRY SAMUEL MORLEY - Morley was 39 years old when he purchased a two 2nd class tickets, one for himself and another for KATE FLORENCE PHILLIPS, on the Titanic. They boarded at Southampton, traveling under the names of ‘Mr. and Mrs. Marshall’. Morley and his brother, A. W., owned confectionery shops on Foregate Street in Worcester, Belle Vue Terrace in Malvern and also on High Street and Bristol Street in Birmingham. He left his wife and a 12 year old daughter behind in Malvern. Morley had told his brother A. W. that he was going to California, for a few months, for ‘health reasons’ In reality, he was sailing to America with Kate, a shop assistant from his Worcester shop. His brother stated later that he had pleaded with Henry not to take the Titanic but instead take a German Lloyd steamer to Galveston. Henry went down with the ship, but Kate was ushered into lifeboat 11 and survived. However, after returning to Worcester, Kate soon found that she was pregnant. Nine months later, on January 13, 1913, she gave birth to Ellen Mary. (The daughter, Ellen ‘Betty’ Walker now resides in Pershore, said by some to be the youngest Titanic survivor.)

An interesting side note; In the late 1990’s a traveling Titanic Exhibit, sponsored by Titanic Exhibitions Pty. Ltd., showcased, among other artifacts from the White Star Liner, a handsome necklace in which the centerpiece was a large blue jewel. This, according to the history accompanying the piece, was a gift from Henry Samuel Morley to Kate Florence Phillips. And it was called ‘L’Amour de la Mer’ - The Love of the Ocean. Some have said this piece of jewelry was the inspiration to James Cameron for his ‘Heart of the Ocean’ in his 1997 epic motion picture, “Titanic”. However, he stated, just after the movie was released, the necklace in the film was pure fabrication.

Source: Worcester Journal, supplement - April 27, 1912

©Pat Cook 1999·


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