A framed signed New Year Greetings card, Wallace Hartley, Band leader on RMS Titanic.
with scalloped edge and printed inscription in silver. Framed with a portrait of Hartley and photos of memorials to the late Band Master.
Wallace Hartley (1878-1912) was born in Colne, Lancashire, and trained as a violinist. He started working on board passenger ships with the Cunard Line in 1909, but by 1912 was working for the Music agency FW&CN Black, who supplied musicians to the White Star Line. Assigned to the maiden voyage of RMS Titanic, he was initially reluctant to join, as he planned to marry his fiance later in the summer, having just proposed. Appointed as Band Leader to an eight piece ensemble, Hartley was lost with the ship, apocryphally playing "Nearer my God to thee" as the ship went down. His body was recovered two weeks later by the Mackay-Bennet and returned to England, where a crowd of 40,000 attended his funeral. This card was sent at the end of 1911 to a Nurse, Gladys Williams, whom he had met in Manchester and it had been retained by her family.