Identity of Titanic’s ‘unknown child’ a sad mystery for nearly a century

HALIFAX – Little Sidney Leslie Goodwin was laid to rest in Halifax’s Fairview Lawn Cemetery nearly a century before anyone knew who he was.

The toddler’s body was plucked from the North Atlantic by crew members aboard the Mackay-Bennett, one of two cable ships tasked with recovering Titanic’s dead after the ship sank on April 15, 1912.

“When they brought in this small child, tiny child, with no life-jacket, they were very much moved,” says Alan Ruffman, a Halifax author and researcher who ultimately helped find the child’s identity.

“They resolved among themselves that if no one claimed this body, they would see that it got a decent burial.”

Days later, the boy’s remains were buried at the end of a row of Titanic victims, beneath a grey tombstone dedicated to an “unknown child.”

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