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Late tribute for Titanic hero

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A HERO from the Titanic who is buried in an unmarked grave in St Saviour's churchyard was finally given the recognition he deserved on Tuesday when a headstone was placed on his grave.

Eighty-four years after the death of Jerseyman Alfred Olliver, the role he played as the ship went down has finally been acknowledged.

On the headstone is the logo of the White Star Line, the company whose ship Titanic was branded as their shining star and which four days into its maiden voyage plunged to the sea bed in the North Atlantic after striking an iceberg.

Mr Olliver played a part in saving the lives of 45 people on board a lifeboat which he helped to man, but the terrible sights and sounds he experienced on the night of the tragedy in April 1912 stayed with him for the rest of his life.

Unable to work regularly again, he and his family remained poor, and on his death in 1928 at the age of 50, they could not afford a headstone for him.

Full story in Wednesday's JEP

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