Visitors to the Fairview Cemetery in Halifax, Nova Scotia, might notice something odd about its gravesites. When walking around the cemetery, it”s hard to miss the nearly 120 identical graves next to one another. Some of these graves don”t have names, but they all mark the final resting place for victims of the RMS Titanic.
Each gray granite marker is the resting place of one victim. Of the 120 markers, about one-third are unnamed. The victim was never able to be identified. The only thing visible on their headstones are the dates of death and the marker number.
The Fairview Cemetery is the final resting place for more RMS Titanic victims than any other cemetery in the world. The markers are laid out along a gentle curve, which incidentally forms the shape of a ship”s bow.
The marker that gained the most attention over the years is that of an initially unidentified child. For decades he was known as The Unknown Child. In 2002, forensic testing was able to positively identify the young boy as 19-month-old Sidney Leslie Goodwin, an English child who died with his family when the ship went down.
No matter how many years go by, the tragedy of what happened to the RMS Titanic and her passengers still feels fresh. Let”s take a moment out of our day today to remember these poor souls and hope they find some peace.