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Titanic memorials

Eastbourne, East Sussex

Titanic Memorials

Eastbourne is a town in the English county of East Sussex. Lying on the south coast of England the seaside town was just one of many towns across the country that were touched by the Titanic disaster. For bereaved families there was the loss of loved ones to cope with and lives to rebuild in new circumstances without their loved ones. For the survivors returning to their homes there were memories of that night that would remain with them for the rest of their lives.

In 1912 the population of Eastbourne in East Sussex was just over 50,000 people, but today that figure has risen to around 100,000 people. During his time in the town cellist John Wesley Woodward performed with a number of the local orchestras in the town. He joined the Titanic as a bandsmen, playing the cello. He died in the sinking of the Titanic and is commemorated, along with his fellow bandsmen by many memorial around the world, including that in Eastbourne.

Although working aboard ship the bandsmen travelled in second-class, part of the complement of more than 2,200 people aboard the Titanic. They came from towns and cities across the world, joining the ship first at Southampton, England on 10 April and Cherbourg, France later the same day, and on 11 April at Queenstown (Cobh) in Ireland.

Her passengers were split into three-classes. Her first-class passengers included some of the most influential people in society; bankers, millionaire businessmen, politicians, sportsmen, journalists and writers. Second-class passengers included carpenters, engineers, ministers of faith, merchantmen and teachers. Third-class included agricultural workers, bakers, general labourers, printers, servants and tailors.

Her crew were drawn from across Britain and Ireland, but also from further afield. A number of senior crew came from Liverpool, the White Star Line's home port. Some joined her at Belfast, where she had undertaken her trials after her construction by the Harland and Wolff shipyard, while the majority of her crew signed on in Southampton.

Today, in towns and villages across the country there are memorials to victims like John Wesley Woodward, torn from their community by the sinking of the Titanic and commemorated to this day.

List of memorials

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  1. John Wesley Woodward memorial
    The Bandstand, Grand Parade

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