About Gladys Pringle (Cherry)
Wikipedia daughter of Mary Elizabeth, 18th Countess of Rothes.
- Name: Miss Gladys Cherry
- Born: Saturday 27th August 1881
- Age: 30 years
- Last Residence: in London London England
- Occupation: Of Independent Means
- 1st Class passenger
- First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
- Ticket No. 110152 , £86 10s
- Cabin No.: B77
- Rescued (boat 8)
- Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
- Died: Tuesday 4th May 1965
- Cause of Death: Heart Failure / Disease
Miss Gladys Cherry was born on 27th August, 1881 and lived in London. She boarded the Titanic at Southampton with her cousin the Countess of Rothes. They occupied cabin B-77.
The two ladies were rescued in lifeboat 8 and later Miss Cherry wrote to Able Seaman Thomas Jones who had been in the boat with them in a letter which was published in some newspapers: LETTER TO TITANIC HERO
Thomas Jones, a native of Anglesey, who was an able seaman on the Titanic, has received the following letter, dated from the Great Northern Hotel, New York:
"I feel I must write and tell you how splendidly you took charge of our boat on the fatal night. There were only four English people in it-my cousin Lady Rothes, her maid, you and myself-and I think you were wonderful.
"The dreadful regret I shall always have, and I know you share with me, is that we ought to have gone back to see whom we could pick up; but if you remember, there was only an American lady, my cousin, self and you who wanted to return. I could not hear the discussion very clearly, as I was at the tiller; but everyone forward and the three men refused; but I shall always remember your words: "ladies, if any of us are saved, remember, I wanted to go back. I would rather drown with them than leave them." You did all you could, and being my own countryman, I wanted to tell you this.
"Yours very truly, Gladys Cherry."
The Henley and South Oxfordshire Standard (incorporating "The Henley Free Press"), 7th June 1912 (p.3)
In an interview Jones said that there were thirty-five ladies and three men in his boat. When he saw the Titanic had sunk he wanted to go back and save some of those struggling in the water, but was overruled.
Gladys Cherry later married George Octavius Shaw Pringle. She died in Godalming, Surrey on 4th May, 1965
Travelling Companions (on same ticket)
- Miss Roberta Elizabeth Mary Maioni
- Lucy Noël Martha, Countess of Rothes
- Mr Thomas Dyer-Edwardes Uncle
- Mrs Clementina Georgina Lucy Dyer-Edwardes Aunt
References and Sources
- The Henley and South Oxfordshire Standard, June 7, 1912 p.3
- Judith Geller (1998) Titanic: Women and Children First. Haynes. ISBN 1 85260 594 4
- Phillip Gowan, USA
- Linda Greaves, USA
- Tom Grassia, USA
- Jeffrey Kern, USA
[http://www.fhindexes.co.uk/samples/titanic.pdf Mr and Mrs Thomas Dyer Edwardes] Titanic People
"In April 1912 Thomas and Clementina made plans to travel to their French chateau at Caudebec- en-Caux, Normandy. They booked first class cross-channel ticket number 87, costing £3 on the Titanic. Part of their decision to do this seems to have been a desire to travel with their daughter, Lucy, who was taking the Titanic to New York in order to meet her husband. The Edwardes’ left the Titanic at Cherbourg, leaving Lucy, her husband’s cousin, Gladys Cherry, and Lucy’s maid to complete the journey. Thankfully all three ladies survived the subsequent sinking".
Gladys Pringle's Timeline
August 27, 1881
November 22, 1881
May 4, 1965