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Commemorative plaque installed in St Chad’s Park marking life of Chadwell Heath Titantic survivor

Members of both the British and Swiss Titanic Society and the council’s Park Rangers team attended

A new commemorative plaque for a Titantic survivor from Chadwell Heath has been placed in St Chad’s Park.

The small gathering took place last Thursday to install the replacement plaque for former local resident, Eva Hart.

Those who attended included staff from Barking and Dagenham council, members of the British Titanic Society and the Swiss Titanic Society, who flew over specially, for the event.

Following Eva’s death in 1996, her life was marked with a tree, which was planted shortly after, along with the original commemorative plaque.

However, it became damaged over time from the elements.

A member of the British Titanic Society, who became concerned about it, asked if it could be replaced.

After discussions with other interested parties including the Swiss Titanic Society, they produced a replacement for the site.

The survivor was only seven years old when she boarded the RMS Titanic with her parents as second-class passengers on April, 10 1912 at Southampton.

Eva and her Mum survived, but her father unfortunately died in the catastrophic event.

During her time, she was one of the more outspoken survivors and criticised the lack of lifeboats on the vessel. 

She remained active in Titanic related activities and in 1994, wrote her autobiography, ‘Shadow of the Titanic – A Survivor’s Story.’

Eva died on February, 14 1996 in Chadwell Heath, where she resided in the later part of her life.

Cllr Saima Ashraf, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Community Leadership and Engagement said: “It is important we commemorate Eva Hart’s life, not only because she was a local resident, but also because of her time dedicated to tell her story of what happened on that fateful night the RMS Titanic sank.

“I would like to thank both the British and Swiss Titanic societies for working together to source a replacement plaque.”

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