‘Ta ta, my dear loving wife’ – Titanic victim’s heart-touching last letter to wife is revealed

Updated: June 15, 2020

A HEART-TOUCHING letter from a steward on board the Titanic to his beloved wife is among a collection of items expected to fetch around £18,000 at auction

Edward Stone from Southampton was among over 1,500 souls who lost their lives when the ocean liner sank after colliding with an iceberg in the North Atlantic. 

Stone, who was aged 29, had poured out his affections to wife Violet in a handwritten note sent in an envelope postmarked April 12th 1912 – three days before the disaster. 

The letter on Titanic stationary reads as follows: “My darling wife, we did try to cause some excitement before we left. I don’t know whether you see it (sic). It’s very nice weather I don’t think this will be the crowning trip. 

“Anyhow we’ll do the best we can trusting we shall bring something good from the other side. Ta ta sweetheart. With all of my fondest love to my dear little wife. Yours ever your loving husband Ted.”


The letter is in an archive devoted to Mr Stone, which are being offered by Henry Aldridge & Son auctioneers in Devizes, Wiltshire, in a sale of hundreds of lots of Titanic and transport memorabilia on June 20th. 

The archive relating to Mr Stone has an auctioneer’s estimated price of £12,000 to £18,000, and includes an official document confirming that Stone was lost in the disaster, his original marriage certificate, and photos of him and his wife.

Mr Stone’s body was number 243 to be recovered by the CS Mackay-Bennett, a  cable repair ship that located the majority of the bodies of the victims of the Titanic sinking.  

  • According to the online Encyclopedia Titanica, Mr Stone was buried at Fairview Lane Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia. His widow Violet never remarried and remained in Southampton where she died in 1973.


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