TITANIC: Survivor’s spoon sold on internet

Titanic Survivor Reginald Hardwick's grave in St Mary Magdaline's churchyard, Creswell.

Titanic Survivor Reginald Hardwick's grave in St Mary Magdaline's churchyard, Creswell.

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LIFEBOAT number 13 proved lucky for not one but two Derbyshire men.

Twenty-one-year-old Reginald Hardwick, of Creswell, scrambled into the lifeboat alongside Lawrence Beesley on the night of the disaster.

As he fled the stricken liner, kitchen porter Reginald was clutching a spoon.

That basic piece of cutlery, which was handed down through generations of the Hardwick family after Reginald died while serving in World War One in 1918, sold for £650 on the online auction site eBay.

Reginald was buried at St Mary Magdalene churchyard in Creswell.

His obituary, which was published in the Derbyshire Times on Saturday, March 9, 1918, said Reginald lived in Duke Street, Creswell, and left a wife and young child.

l The Derbyshire Times wanted to speak to Reginald’s great-grandson who posted on a family tree website in 2008. We emailed him but never received a response. If you know more about Reginald, email comment@derbyshiretimes.co.uk.