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William Rowe Richards

Birthplace: Penzance, Cornwall, England
Death: Died in Cornwall, England
Cause of death: Heart Failure / Disease
Place of Burial: Longstone Cemetery, Carbis Bay, Cornwall
Immediate Family:

Son of James Sibley "Sib" Richards and Emily Richards
Husband of 2nd wife Richards
Ex-husband of Melva Richards
Father of George Hocking Richards; <private> Richards and <private> Richards
Brother of Sibley George Richards and Emily Richards

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About William Rowe Richards


  • Name: Master William Rowe Richards
  • Born: Thursday 1st April 1909
  • Age: 3 years
  • Last Residence: in Penzance Cornwall England
  • 2nd Class passenger
  • First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
  • Ticket No. 29106 , £18 15s
  • Destination: Akron Ohio United States
  • Rescued (boat 4)
  • Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
  • Died: Saturday 9th January 1988
  • Cause of Death: Heart Failure / Disease

Master William (Willy) Rowe Richards, 3, was born at 6 St Mary' s St. Penzance Cornwall on 1 April, 1909. The eldest son of Mr Sibley Richards and Emily Richards (née Hocking). He was named after his maternal grandfather.

He travelled second class on Titanic with his mother and brother, Sibley George Richards, bound for Akron, Ohio, to rejoin his father.

He survived the sinking in lifeboat 4 and returned to West Cornwall in 1914 with his parents and brother. He continued to live in West Cornwall and on 26 May, 1929 at High Steet Chapel, he married Melva Hicks (born 17 May, 1909). They had three children, George Hocking Richards, named after his father's uncle who perished on the Titanic, Mavis Richards and Jeannette Richards. William and Melva divorced and William remarried January 1973. He named his bungalow Carpathia.

William Rowe Richards died on 9 January, 1988 and was interred in Longstone Cemetery, Carbis Bay, Cornwall. Melva (his first wife) outlived him by just 4 months and died on their wedding anniversary 26 May, 1988. George his son died August 1998 but his two daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren all live in West Cornwall.

Available Documents

  • St. Ives Times & Express (Cornwall), 22 January, 1988, Obituary
  • General Register Office Certified Copy of an Entry of Death


  • Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
  • List or Manifest of Alien Passengers for the United States Immigration Officer At Port Of Arrival (Date: 18th-19th June 1912, Ship: Carpathia) - National Archives, NWCTB 85 T715 Vol 4183


  • Stephen Coombes, UK
  • Chris Dohany, USA
  • Jeannette Francis, UK
  • Phillip Gowan, USA
  • Brian Ticehurst, UK
  • Geoff Whitfield, UK
  • Homer Thiel, USA

Travelling Companions (on same ticket)

  • Mrs Emily Richards
  • Master Sibley George Richards
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William Rowe Richards's Timeline

April 1, 1909
Cornwall, England
Age 63
January 9, 1988
Age 78
Cornwall, England
Longstone Cemetery, Carbis Bay, Cornwall