Reginald Hale - Titanic Second Class Passenger
Reginald Hale was sailing aboard Titanic as a second class passenger, making his way home to Auburn, New York, from a visit to Britain. Travelling on his own, he boarded Titanic on 10th April 1912 at Southampton.
Reginald Hale, the son of Silvester and Hester Hale, was born in 1881, in Rodney Stoke, Somerset, United Kingdom. He moved to the United States in 1901, where he settled in Auburn, New York.
In late 1911 – following the death of his father – he returned home to Britain to visit his mother. He Set sail aboard Titanic’s sister ship Olympic, sailing from New York to Southampton, on 9th December 1911.
It is said that originally he was to return home sooner than 10th April, but due to a national coal strike in Britain, he was unsuccessful in arranging passage home earlier, and so, was one of the considerable number of people who would not have been aboard Titanic if it were not for the shortage of coal needed by ships to sail, caused by the coal strike.
Reginald Hale died on 15th April 1912 in the Titanic disaster. His body was recovered from the sea afterwards by the Mackay-Bennett. He was listed as body number 75.
A 1912 document concerning the recovery of his body held at the Nova Scotia Archives noted that he had fair hair and a light moustache, and was wearing a dark overcoat, dark suit, a striped shirt, black socks and black boots, and had upon him gloves, keys, purse with a $10 bill and 14/4.
His body was buried at sea, from the Mackay-Bennett.
Reginald Hale‘s name is included on the memorial at the grave of his parents and three brothers of his who died as young children, in Rodney Stoke, Somerset, United Kingdom. Of Reginald Hale the memorial says: ”[Also in loving memory of] Reginald, who went down in the Titanic, April 15th 1912 – aged 30 years.”