Heroic bandmaster letter goes under hammer

Wallace Hartley artefacts at Colne Library
Wallace Hartley artefacts at Colne Library Credit: .

A letter written to his parents by the bandmaster of the Titanic who played as the ship sank will be sold at auction this afternoon.

Wallace Hartley, 33, who was from Colne, is famous for playing on with his band as the ship sank to try and help calm the frightened passengers.

A letter he wrote to his parents on White Star Line headed paper on the day the Titanic set sail will go under the hammer in Wiltshire this afternoon.

Experts say it could fetch up to £60,000.

Wallace Hartley's funeral in Colne was attended by more than 40,000 people
Wallace Hartley's funeral in Colne was attended by more than 40,000 people Credit: Topham/Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Images
Wallace Hartley wrote the letter to his parents on 10th April 1912, the day the Titanic set sail on her maiden voyage from Southampton.
Wallace Hartley wrote the letter to his parents on 10th April 1912, the day the Titanic set sail on her maiden voyage from Southampton. Credit: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Titanic cruise liner left Southampton on 10 April 1912. She floundered in the Atlantic Ocean two days later, with the loss of more than 1,500 lives.**

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Titanic bandmaster letter at auction

A letter written by the bandmaster of the Titanic who played as the doomed ship sank is to be sold at auction.