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Plaque to commemorate Hatfield man who died on Titanic

PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 5:23 pm
by Andrew Clarkson
Ship’s steward Joseph Alfred Gunn was 28 when he perished on April 15, 1912, along with hundreds of other victims on the RMS Titanic.

Following an application by namesake Dennis Gunn – no relation – who lives in North London, the council agreed that it would be a fitting mark of respect to honour Joseph’s passing.

He was born in Hatfield after his father Joseph Smee Gunn, a blacksmith and farrier, moved to the town in 1880 with his own father.

Joseph was one of the ship’s 421 victualling crew, of which 322 were stewards who performed more than 57 different functions in each class’ dining saloon, public rooms, cabins and recreational facilities.

Prior to becoming part of Titanic’s crew he worked on its sister ship the RMS Oceanic.

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