A Cornish Connection 


One of the lives lost on this fateful voyage of the Titanic was that of a young Cornishman by the name of Frederick James Banfield. Born in Helston in 1884, he worked as a mining engineer in the Cornish tin mines.


After marrying, he emigrated to the USA to work as an engineer in the gold and silver mines, leaving his wife, Cecilia, living with his mother. In 1911, he returned for a holiday and was due to join his brother in Michigan to work. His wife was to follow later. He boarded Titanic in Southampton and his body was never found. There is a memorial at the family grave in Helston.

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