John Wesley Woodward was a musician who played at Eastbourne’s Winter Garden and Grand Hotel with the Duke of Devonshire Band, a Municipal orchestra, before joining the White Star Line in 1909 and embarking on the Titanic’s maiden voyage to New York. Mr. Woodward was one of the many victims that did not survive that journey.
There is a plaque at The Bandstand commemorating Mr. Woodward and there was to be a free Commemorative Concert and an unveiling of the refurbished memorial plaque in his honour and for those who were lost in that tragedy. As The Bandstand is now having some structural work done on it, the concert was moved to The Congress Theatre.
I ordered my tickets online. This is what they looked like…
As you can see, the tickets list the name of a passenger that was on The Titanic. We looked on the list in the foyer.
Mrs. Mary Mack did not survive. She was a 57 year old widow with a daughter living in New York.
Mrs. Albert (Antoinette) Mallet survived, with her little boy. She was 24 years old. Her husband did not survive.
Until I started writing this post, those two names never meant a thing to me. Reading about them, regardless of how little information there was, makes them more real. However, the more I have learned about this terrible tragedy (there have been programmes galore running up to the anniversary), the sadder I feel – and angry. Such a waste of human life that could have been avoided.
Saying all of that, the concert, performed by The Champagne Quartet, was enjoyable although emotional. It was a lovely tribute.