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William Thornton II Carter

Birthdate: (84)
Death: January 28, 1985 (84)
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA
Place of Burial: mausoleum at West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.
Immediate Family:

Son of William Ernest Carter and Lucille Carter
Brother of Lucille Polk Reeves
Half brother of Elizabeth M. Brooke

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About William Thornton II Carter


  • Name: Master William Thornton II Carter
  • Born: Friday 14th September 1900
  • Age: 11 years
  • Last Residence: in Philadelphia Pennsylvania United States
  • 1st Class passenger
  • First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
  • Ticket No. 113760 , £120
  • Cabin No.: B96/98
  • Rescued (boat 4)
  • Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
  • Died: Monday 28th January 1985

Master William Thornton Carter II, 11, from Bryn Mawr, PA, boarded the Titanic at Southampton with his father William Ernest Carter, his mother Lucile and sister Lucile. They occupied cabins B-96 and 98.

William just managed to join his mother and sister in Lifeboat 4 but it was a close thing. After reluctantly allowing 13 year old John Ryerson into the boat Chief Second Steward George Dodd had demanded 'no more boys,' but Mrs Carter put a hat on young William's head and together they boarded the boat.

Carter, in his later years, never liked to discuss the Titanic disaster, but not because of the loss of life or the experience of it all. Rather, as an eleven-year-old boy, Carter never forgot the memory of having to leave behind his old Airedale behind on a leash. Lightoller would not permit the dog to get on the lifeboat (#4) with the rest of the family. Young Carter cried but was reassured by Colonel Astor that he would take care of the dog and the last young Carter saw of his beloved Airedale was John Jacob Astor holding the dog's leash. It may have been this fact that led to the rumor that Astor retreated to the ship's kennels to release the dogs that were there.

William Thornton Carter II died on 28 January 1985 at the age of 84. He was living in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania at the time. He was buried alongside his father in a huge mausoleum at West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.

Travelling Companions (on same ticket)

  • Mr William Ernest Carter
  • Mrs Lucile Carter
  • Miss Lucile Polk Carter
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September 14, 1900
January 28, 1985
Age 84
Pennsylvania, USA
mausoleum at West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.