Plaque to Titanic survivor replaced at Dagenham park

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A damaged plaque commemorating the life of a Titanic survivor has been replaced by Barking and Dagenham council.

A tree dedicated to Eva Hart’s life was planted in St Chad’s Park in Dagenham shortly after her death in 1996, along with a plaque that later became damaged.

Ms Hart, a Chadwell Heath resident, was just seven years old when she boarded the RMS Titanic as a second-class passenger with her parents on April 10, 1912.

When the vessel began to sink, she and her mother managed to get a space in the limited life boats.

However, her father died in the tragedy. Ms Hart was critical of the number of lifeboats available on the ship and in 1994, wrote her autobiography: “Shadow of the Titanic – A Survivor’s Story”.

The British Titanic Society noticed the plaque dedicated to Ms Hart was damaged and organised for a replacement, with the help of the council.

It was installed on Thursday February 20 by the park rangers team, alongside a small ceremony.

Council deputy leader Saima Ashraf 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 and our park rangers team for installing it.”

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Rachael Burford

Local Democracy Reporter

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