Two women survivors left lasting legacies

Grave of Violet Constance Jessop who died in 1971. She was a survivor of the Titanic
Grave of Violet Constance Jessop who died in 1971. She was a survivor of the Titanic
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TWO survivors from the disaster left their legacies to West Suffolk.

Violet Constance Jessop served on board the Titanic as a stewardess and her memoirs were published in her story, Titanic Survivor.

Cavendish Hall in Church Road, Thurston.

Cavendish Hall in Church Road, Thurston.

Placed in Lifeboat 16, she was handed a baby to look after and was rescued by RMS Carpathia some eight hours later.

Violet, shipwrecked three times during her lengthy career with shipping lines, retired to Great Ashfield and died in 1971. She was buried in Hartest cemetery.

Tyrell William Cavendish and his wife Julia were on the Titanic travelling to America. Tyrell was renovating Thurston House and wanted to enter local politics and was hoping for financial help from his wealthy father.

Julia was placed in one of the lifeboats while her husband, along with other men, remained on the ship and subsequently lost their lives.

Cavendish Hall was built and given to the village by Julia in memory of her late husband.