Mr. Cyril Wickings-Smith

Cyril Wickings-Smith, 27, was a British citizen from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.  He was traveling with his wife Phyllis, infant daughter Nancy, and his brother Basil.  Basil was married to Phyllis’ sister, Beatrice.  Beatrice did not sail on Lusitania.  Cyril, Phyllis, and Nancy survived the Lusitania sinking.  Basil did not. According to the Imperial War Museum’s Pritchard letters collection and survivor Gertrude Adams, while the ship was sinking, Basil managed to go below decks to retrieve lifejackets without becoming trapped, as he gave his lifebelt to Gertrude. Phyllis attempted to get into lifeboat 11 with Nancy, but being held back, she called to Francis Luker to catch her baby.  She tossed Nancy to Luker, who caught the little girl, and the boat rowed off. Cyril and Phyllis survived and reunited with baby Nancy.  Nancy was one of four infants to survive the disaster.  Basil did not survive. Phyllis lived less than five years after the Lusitania sinking.  She died on 19 January 1920. Cyril died on 3 April 1965, almost 50 years after the sinking.  Nancy Wickings-Smith Woods lived until May 1993.

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Lest We Forget Part 2: As the Lusitania Went Down – Encyclopedia Titanica  
Contributors: Jim Kalafus Michael Poirier References: Kalafus, Jim and Michael Poirier (2005).  Lest We Forget Part 2:  As the Lusitania Went Down.  ET Research. <http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/lusitania-lest-we-forget-2.html>

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