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Titanic’s unknown child idenfied

Five days after the Titanic sank, the body of a child was pulled from the ocean and buried in Halifax under the maker “Unknown child”. Nearly 100 years later the child’s name has finally been identified.

When it sank, the Titanic took the lives of 1,497 of the 2,209 people aboard with it. Some bodies were recovered, but names remained elusive, while others are still missing. But researchers believe that they have finally resolved the identity of the unknown child — concluding that he was 19-month-old Sidney Leslie Goodwin from England.

Though the unknown child was incorrectly identified twice before, researchers believe they have now conclusively determined the child was Goodwin. After his recovery, he was initially believed to be a 2-year-old Swedish boy, Gösta Leonard Pålsson, who was seen being washed overboard as the ship sank. This boy’s mother, Alma Pålsson, was recovered with the tickets for all four of her children in her pocket, and buried in a grave behind the unknown child.

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Story: Wynne Parry, LiveScience | Photo: Carol Goodwin

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