Many of those recovered from the Titanic were laid to rest without names.

One of the more poignant stories is that of an unknown baby who was found and laid to rest in Halifax Canada.

The child was one of some 150 Titanic victims buried in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

For decades, the boy was known simply as the unknown child and regarded as a symbol of all the children who died in the sinking.

A few years ago, researchers, using estimates of age based on the child’s teeth as 12 months old,  investigated the names and dates of birth of children missing, and decided that he was a Finnish Child, and his family from Finnland came to visit the grave and held a ceremony.

However, using more modern DNA techniques, the child has now been identified as 19 month old Sidney Goodwin, whose parents were immigrating to start a new life in America.

The mistake in the original identification was probably the poor accuracy of tooth and bone age, especially in children who may have been malnourished. LINK

Another chapter of that sad story is now closed.


Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the Philippines. Her website is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket.

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