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Charles Herbert Lightoller

  • Birth 30 Mar 1874 Chorley, Chorley Borough, Lancashire, England
  • Death 8 Dec 1952 Richmond, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Greater London, England
  • Burial Mortlake, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Greater London, England
  • Plot Ashes scattered in the Garden of Remembrance.
  • Memorial ID 8165323

Titanic Survivor. Born in Chorley, Lancashire and began his life as a seaman at age thirteen. His career with the White Star Line began in 1900. On the R.M.S. Titanic he served as Second Officer and on the ship's fateful night he was in charge of even number life boats on the port side. After the ship had sank he and thirty men had climbed onto a overturned collapsible boat and paddled the rest of the night. At dawn the Carpathia arrived and began rescuing survivors. He helped all the survivors out before he climbed aboard himself, becoming the last Titanic survivor rescued. During WW I, he served in the Royal Navy as captain of torpedo boat HMTB 117 and destroyed Zeppelin L31 and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. In 1919 he returned to the White Star line, retired in the early 1930's and started a small boat yard in the Thames estuary. During "Operation Dynamo" on June 1, 1940, to rescue British soldiers at the French port of Dunkirk, he with his yacht rescued 130 men from the Germans. During WW II, the Royal Navy engaged him to work with the Small Vessel Pool. He went on to run a boatyard called Richmond Slipways, building motor launches for the London River Police. He passed away in London at age 78.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 8 Dec 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8165323
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Herbert Lightoller (30 Mar 1874–8 Dec 1952), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8165323, citing Mortlake Crematorium, Mortlake, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .