A Hymn for Eternity: The Story of Wallace Hartley, Titanic Bandmaster

The band playing as the ship went down is one of the most famous stories relating to the Titanic. The bravery of the band and their leader, Wallace Hartley, is one of the most poignant aspects of the worst disaster that ever happened to a British passenger liner. Who were the band? Who was Wallace Hartley and where did he come from? Not much has been written about this enigmatic bandmaster or of his part in the tragedy, but he was arguably one of the most important characters in the story of the Titanic. Yvonne Carroll has researched the life story of Wallace Hartley and has talked to a surviving relative. Here she tells his story and remembers this most British of heroes.