Here lived Mr Harvey Collyer and his family who left Bishopstoke to make a new life in America on board the Titanic. He tragically lost his life when the ship sank on the 15th April 1912.
When the great Titanic sailed into Southampton during the night of 3/4 April 1912, her coming was described as ‘quiet and unostentatious’ in the press. A similar event took place in Bishopstoke on 4 April 2012, quietly and unostentatiously a new Titanic memorial was placed on a local shop, recording that this had been the home of the Collyer family who sailed on the Titanic as second class passengers, in order to start a new life in America.
When Tracie Sheppard took over the shop in Church Road for her hairdressing business she had no idea of the shop’s historical significance and association with the ill-fated liner.
‘I was thrilled when I discovered the link’, she said and went on to say that she felt she had to recall the family’s life in Bishopstoke, where they had been very happy. Sadly Harvey, the husband, perished in the disaster, but his wife, Lottie and daughter, Madge, survived the ordeal and returned to Bishopstoke later in 1912. Lottie died from ‘consumption’ (pulmonary tuberculosis) just four years later. Neither Harvey’s memorial, inside the church, nor Lottie’s grave in the churchyard make any mention of the Titanic, but this has now been commemorated in this newest of Eastleigh’s Titanic memorials, thanks to Tracie Sheppard.
For further information contact Tracie: House of Hair: 023 80616610
Press release issued by Hamble Valley and Eastleigh Tourist Guides.