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Wallace Henry Hartley (1878 - 1912)

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Wallace Henry Hartley
Born in Colne, Lancashire, Englandmap
Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Atlantic Oceanmap
Profile last modified | Created 12 Dec 2015 | Last significant change: 13 Nov 2018
17:12: Nicolas LaPointe edited the Biography for Wallace Henry Hartley (1878-1912). [Thank Nicolas for this | 1 thank-you received]
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Categories: Musicians | RMS Lucania | RMS Lusitania (1906) | RMS Mauretania | RMS Titanic | 2nd Class Passengers on Titanic | Orchestra Members of the Titanic | English Notables.

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Wallace Hartley was a passenger on the RMS Titanic.
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Wallace Hartley is Notable.

He was the son of Albion Hartley[1]Hartley was the leader of the band that played "until the end" as the Titanic sank. It is said that their music, or simply the fact that "the band played on" helped keep passengers calm as lifeboats were loaded, saving countless lives. He and the other members of the band went down with the ship. His body was later recovered floating in the open ocean. He was given a hero's burial in Lancashire, England at Keighley Road Cemetery.[1] lists his burial location as "Colne Cemetery" in Colne[2] [3]

His violin was also recovered and sent to his fiance, Maria Robinson. It was later sold at action for 1.5 million dollars.[4]

Last residence listed as Surrey side, West Park St, Dewsbury, England[5]

Will was filed 21 May 1912 Wakefield Registry[6]Albion Hartley listed as insurance superintendent, effects L656 17s 4d


23 Mar 1912
Liverpool, England[7]


15 Apr 1912
At Sea, on the Titanic[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Wikipedia: Wallace Hartley, accessed 12 Dec 2015.
  2. Find A Grave Memorial #7980, accessed 12 Dec 2015
  3. Titanic Fatality Reports. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Nova Scotia Archives. Coroner Identification Number:224, Page Number:4
  4. "JFK's Brain." Brad Meltzer's Lost History, Season 1 Episode 3, H2, 14 Nov 2014.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Registry of Shipping and Seamen: Registers and Indexes of Births, Marriages and Deaths of Passengers and Seamen at Sea. BT 334/52 and 334/53. The National Archives, Surrey, England.
  6. Death Date: 15 Apr 1912, Death Place:Yorkshire, England, Probate Date:21 May 1912, Registry: WakefieldCalendar of the Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration made in the Probate Registries of the High Court of Justice in England. London, England © Crown copyright.
  7. Ship Name:Mauretania, Shipping line:Cunard Line, Official Number:124093, Master:W S Turner, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960

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