Amazing Titanic letters found; Chief officer Henry Wilde: "Give my little ones my best love"

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Letter to Jennie, 11 April 1912, D-WLD-3-12, p1

LIVERPOOL.- Two astonishing letters written aboard Titanic during her doomed maiden voyage have been discovered and have gone on display at Liverpool’s Merseyside Maritime Museum. They were written by chief officer Henry Wilde, of Walton, Liverpool, who was number two in command to Captain Edward Smith. The remarkable items, which include Mr Wilde’s White Star Line cap and Royal Naval epaulettes, have been hidden away for more than a century. Mr Wilde’s family have now decided to loan them to Merseyside Maritime Museum to be included in the free exhibition Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story which runs until summer 2013. Henry perished in the sinking but was heralded a hero for saving lives by ushering women and children into lifeboats. The letters bring home the human loss of the disaster. The father-of-four reveals how he was transferred to Titanic at the eleventh hour: “I have o ... More