Titanic paper lasts 100 years

David Lucas was passed a copy of the Daily Mirror paper from the sinking of the titanic in 1912 by his grandfather.

David Lucas was passed a copy of the Daily Mirror paper from the sinking of the titanic in 1912 by his grandfather.

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A NEWSPAPER reporting the sinking of the Titanic has been passed down through one family for 100 years.

David Lucas, 52, of Holywell Row, inherited the copy of the Daily Mirror purchased by his grandfather, Sir William George Smith, in 1912.

Mr Lucas said: “The mystery is why did he keep that paper? Was it that his family members were involved in the building? We do not know what is it – I cannot think of another reason he would have kept it.”

Sir William had family connections in Ireland so it’s possible that he may have known people involved in the construction of the ship.

He kept the paper safe while serving with the cavalry during World War One.

In 1953 he was awarded the Imperial Service Medal for his service during both wars.

Mr Lucas says that he will continue the tradition and pass the newspaper on to his children.