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Home Gallery Jago Smith (c.1880-1912) / James Williamson (died 1912)

Jago Smith (c.1880-1912) / James Williamson (died 1912)

John Richard Jago Smith and James Williamson were the two British postal workers on board the RMS (Royal Mail Ship) Titanic which set off from Southampton to New York City in April 1912. When the ship struck the iceberg they were celebrating the 44th birthday of one of the American postal workers, Oscar Woody along with Americans John Starr March and William Logan Gwinn. Soon realising that the mail room was flooding, they attempted to move 200 sacks of registered mail to the upper decks in the hope of saving them. None of the postmen on board survived the sinking.

The ship and those on board were honoured in April 2012 - 100 years after the disaster – with a commemorative stamp sheet.