Frederick Wormold signed on as a Saloon Steward on RMS ‘Titanic’ on 4th April 1912, having transferred from the ‘St. Louis’. As a 1st Class steward, he would have received wages of £3-15 shillings and he would have served the elite ‘First Class’ passengers on the ship. Frederick died in the sinking; his body was recovered by the ‘Mackay Bennett’ on the 24th April. He was listed as No. 144 and taken to Halifax, Nova Scotia for identification. Once in Halifax, his body was mistakenly identified as being Jewish and he was interred in the Jewish Baron de Hirsch Cemetery.
On 24th August 1912, his wife, Emily Wormald, took their children and boarded Frederick's old ship the ‘St. Louis’ to New York, to visit Frederick's grave. Emily gave the name and address of her neighbour, Mrs Eustace at 7, Test Wood Road in Southampton as 'nearest friend'. On arrival in the US, they were taken to Ellis Island for immigration checks and refused entry as 'Liable for Public Charge' (LPC), so were sent back to the ‘St. Louis’ and returned to Southampton arriving on 15th September 1912. Passengers and crew were touched by her story and a collection was made and over £40 was presented to the family. It is not known whether she ever managed to visit her husband's grave.
This is an incredibly rare, pre-sinking artefact; owned by a Titanic victim. It’s incredible to think this certificate was in his hands less than a couple of years before he perished.
Own a fantastic piece of history!!!