About Oscar Scott Woody
Some of the news reports refer to "Wood" not Woody
- Name: Mr Oscar Scott Woody
- Born: Wednesday 15th April 1868
- Age: 44 years
- Marital Status: Married.
- Last Residence: in Clifton Virginia United States
- Occupation: Postal Clerk
- Victualling crew
- First Embarked: Southampton
- Died in the sinking.
- Body recovered by: Mackay-Bennett (No. 167)
- Buried: at Sea on Wednesday 24th April 1912.
Mr Oscar Scott Woody was born on 15th April, 1868. He lived at Clifton Springs, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA 1.
In Southampton he resided at Parkers Hotel.
Woody would have celebrated his 44th birthday aboard Titanic. Mr Woody died in the sinking. His body was recovered (#167) and buried at sea.
NO. 167. - MALE - ESTIMATED AGE, 38. - VERY FAIR HAIR
CLOTHING - Grey striped suit.
EFFECTS - Watch; fob; chain and clip; 2 fountain pens; letters; knife; cuff links; 1 gold ring; keys and chain; $10.02.
NAME - O.S.WOODY U.S. Mail Clerk
1. He is sometimes listed as living in/coming from Washington D.C.
References and Sources
- John Eaton & Charles Haas (1992) Titanic: Destination Disaster, Patrick Stevens Ltd. ISBN 1 85260 534 0
- Marriages, births, deaths and injuries that have occurred on board during the voyage (PRO London, BT 100/259-260)
- White Star Line (1912.) Record of Bodies and Effects (Passengers and Crew S.S. "Titanic") Recovered by Cable Steamer "MacKay Bennett" Including Bodies Buried at Sea and Bodies Delivered at Morgue in Halifax, N.S. Details compiled from records of the "Mackay-Bennett". Public Archives of Nova Scotia, Halifax, N.S., Manuscript Group 100, Vol. 229, No. 3d, Accession 1976-191
- Chris Dohany, USA
- Hermann Söldner, Germany
It seems that the heroism of one of Titanic's postal clerks has been a source of inspiration for the governing officials of North Carolina. Oscar Scott Woody was a native of Roxboro, North Carolina. He had been a postal clerk on trains between Greensboro, NC and Washington, D.C. prior to joining the crew of the R.M.S. Titanic at the age of 44. On that fateful night of April 14, Woody and four other postal clerks were among the first to suffer from the impact with the iceberg. These men refused to leave their post and struggled to save the mail in their charge. All five men perished in the line of duty. In November of 2003, Governor Mike Easley declared "Oscar Scott Woody Day." In addition, the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences released a commemorative envelope with a cancellation stamp honoring Woody. Raleigh Democratic Congressman Brad Miller wants to add to the honors bestowed on Woody. He has introduced a bill in the N.C. congress to give Woody a post office. All members of the congressional delegation have signed the bill. In a statement, the congressman said, "I believe recognition of Oscar Scott Woody's heroic efforts is long overdue. This legislation will name the Roxboro Post Office in honor of a native son who gave his life upholding his duties to the U.S. Postal Service."
Contributor Kyrila Scully
Oscar Scott Woody's Timeline
April 15, 1868
North Carolina, USA
October 5, 1910
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States
April 15, 1912
At Sea - Titanic Casualty