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Frank John William Goldsmith

Also Known As: "Frankie"
Birthplace: Strood, Kent, England
Death: Died in USA
Cause of death: Heart Failure
Immediate Family:

Son of Frank John Goldsmith and Emily Alice Goldsmith
Husband of Victoria Agnes Goldsmith
Father of James Richard "Jim" Goldsmith; <private> Goldsmith and <private> Goldsmith
Brother of Albert John "Bertie" Goldsmith
Half brother of <private> Goldsmith

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About Frank John William Goldsmith

Frank John William Goldsmith (19 December 1902 — 27 January 1982), was a survivor of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. He later wrote a book about his experiences on the ship, and had his story featured in the documentary, Titanic: The Legend Lives On, as well as a children's book about the disaster, Inside the Titanic. You can also find another book he had written called Echoes In the Night.

Frank Goldsmith

  • Social Security Death Index
  • Birth: Dec 19 1902
  • Death: Jan 1982
  • Last residence: Orlando, Florida 32811, USA

  • Name: Master Frank John William Goldsmith ("Frankie")
  • Born: Friday 19th December 1902
  • Age: 9 years
  • Last Residence: in Strood Kent England
  • 3rd Class passenger
  • First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
  • Ticket No. 363291 , £20 10s 6d
  • Destination: Detroit Michigan United States
  • Rescued (boat C)
  • Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
  • Died: Wednesday 27th January 1982
  • Cause of Death: Cause Not Disclosed

Master Frank John William Goldsmith, 9, was born December 19, 1902 the son of Frank Goldsmith and Emily Alice Brown. The family were from from Stroud Kent.

Frankie boarded the Titanic at Southampton with his parents.

Frankie and his mother were rescued, probably in Collapsible D (some historians suggest "C"); his father perished.

Frankie and his mother settled in Detroit, where he grew up near to Tiger Stadium; when the Tigers played, the roar of the crowds reminded him of the sound of the Titanic sinking; consequently, Frankie never took his children to baseball games.

As a young man Frankie gained employment as a milk cart driver, a job he held for many years. He served as a civilian employee of the U.S. Air Force photographic division during World War II.

Frank Goldsmith was married to Victoria in 1926 and they had three sons. Victoria was born August 28, 1905 and died in Florida, September 1993, aged 88.

After the war Goldsmith and his family moved to Ashland, Ohio. He opened the Mansfield Photo Supply store in 1948 and retired in 1973.

He and his wife travelled extensively, wintering in Arizona among other places. He died of heart failure on 27th January 1982 after moving to Florida for the second time.

Travelling Companions (on same ticket)

  • Mr Frank John Goldsmith
  • Mrs Emily Alice Goldsmith

References and Sources

  • Unidentified Newspaper, Obituary
  • State of Florida Certificate of Death


  • Melissa Freed, USA
  • Thomas W. Goldsmith, USA
  • Phillip Gowan,USA
  • Mindy Johnston, USA
  • Peter Engberg-Klarström, Sweden

After arriving in New York, Frank and his mother were housed by the Salvation Army, which provided train fare to reach their relatives in Detroit.

He and his mother moved to a home near Navin Field. Every time the crowd cheered during a home run, the sound reminded him of the screams of the dying passengers and crew in the water just after the ship sank; as a result Frank never took his children to baseball games.

Frank married in 1926, and he and his wife, Victoria, had three sons: James "Jim" Goldsmith, who lives in Urbana, Ohio, Charles "Charlie" Goldsmith, who use to live in East Millinocket, Maine but now lives in Mansfield, Ohio; and Frank Goldsmith III, who lives in Altamonte Springs, Florida.

Frank served as a civilian photographer for the U.S. Air Force during World War II. After the war, he brought his family to Ashland, Ohio, and later opened a photography supply store in nearby Mansfield, Ohio.

Frank wrote an autobiography entitled Echoes in the Night: Memories of a Titanic Survivor and published by the Titanic Historical Society. Walter Lord wrote the foreword to the book, which is the only book written by a third class passenger about the sinking.

Frank Goldsmith Jr. died at his home in 1982 at the age of 79 and his ashes were scattered over the North Atlantic, above the place where the Titanic rests. 
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Frank John William Goldsmith's Timeline

December 19, 1902
Kent, England
Age 9
Survivor of the Titanic
Age 17
177 Harrison Avenue Detroit, Ward 8, Wayne, Michigan
Age 24
Age 27
6190 Vermont Avenue Detroit Michigan
January 27, 1982
Age 79