Young Third Class Hero

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Young Third Class Hero

Postby nboal » Fri Jul 27, 2012 11:02 pm

I was reading Charles Pellegrino's stirring book Farewell Titanic. His book told some stories that haven't been widely told, of some of the 2nd and 3rd class passengers. Particularly striking was the story of a steerage passenger, a 16 year old boy named Alfred Rush. Alfred was from Kent, England and was traveling to America with the Goldsmith family. He had just celebrated his 16th birthday during the voyage. According to Pellegrino, Alfred Rush was of small stature and had frequently been teased as being a "runt". So he was very pleased when he could wear pants according to British custom to show that he was now a man.

On the night of the sinking, Alfred and the Goldsmiths got to where the lifeboats were. They were part of a crowd surrounding Collapsible C. Frankie Goldsmith, who was younger than Alfred, was allowed into the lifeboat along with his mother, while Frank, Sr. stayed back with the other men. Alfred was also being urged to get into the lifeboat, as the officers believed him to be still a child because of his small stature. However, Alfred told the officers, "No! I'm staying here with the men." He did so and thus died with so many of the other men on the Titanic.

Here is a link to the Wikipedia story about the Goldsmiths and Alfred Rush.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_John ... _Goldsmith
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Re: Young Third Class Hero

Postby Aly Jones » Mon Jul 30, 2012 11:53 am

That's a real nice interesting story there nboals.

What's the reason for Alfred Rush to travel without his own family to America? Was he invited by the Goldsmiths to travel alongside goldsmiths family? or was he an orphan taking up by the Goldsmith's family? (knowing that in early part of 19th century many people died before they hit 60 years of age) So many questions. :?:
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Re: Young Third Class Hero

Postby nboal » Tue Jul 31, 2012 3:18 pm

It had been arranged for young Alfred to join his brother in Detroit. Frank, Sr. was bringing Alfred along with him and his family.

From Encyclopedia Titanica:

http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/ti ... -rush.html
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