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Titanic memorials

Lichfield, Staffordshire

Titanic Memorials

Lichfield is a city in the English county of Staffordshire. Lying in the Midlands area of England the cathedral city was just one of many 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 the district of Lichfield in Staffordshire was around 30,000 people. Today, the district is home to 100,000 people. Lichfield was an important stopping point on the route between London and Liverpool and in the aftermath of the sinking, a memorial to Captain Smith of the Titanic was unveiled in Lichfield, in the heart of the diocese within sight of the cathedral in Beacon Park.

Captain Smith's crew were drawn from across Britain and Ireland, but also from further afield. A number of senior officers and 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.

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.

In April 1912 the Titanic's passengers and crew 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 before the Titanic set out into the Atlantic for New York.

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

List of memorials

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  1. Captain Smith statue
    Beacon Park, Swan Road, Lichfield

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