Plaque unveiled in honour of Hatfield man who died on Titanic

PUBLISHED: 11:42 17 April 2018 | UPDATED: 13:02 17 April 2018

The blue commemorative plaque for Joseph Alfred Gunn in place above an underpass near Hatfield train station. Picture: STEPHEN HARVEY

The blue commemorative plaque for Joseph Alfred Gunn in place above an underpass near Hatfield train station. Picture: STEPHEN HARVEY

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A plaque commemorating a Hatfield resident who lost his life on the ill-fated Titanic has been unveiled in the town.

The blue commemorative plaque for Joseph Alfred Gunn in place above an underpass near Hatfield Train Station. Picture: STEPHEN HARVEYThe blue commemorative plaque for Joseph Alfred Gunn in place above an underpass near Hatfield Train Station. Picture: STEPHEN HARVEY

Ship’s steward Joseph Alfred Gunn was 28 when he perished on April 15, 1912, along with hundreds of other victims on the RMS Titanic.

He has since been officially recorded as having died in the sinking and his body has never been recovered.

Just over 106 years on, Hatfield Town Council has put the plaque on an underpass near Hatfield train station.

A resident who has closely followed the project said: “I’m extremely grateful to Hatfield Town Council that they have recognised that he should be recognised himself, and the people of Hatfield will see that he could have been a hero on the day.”

The blue commemorative plaque for Joseph Alfred Gunn in place above an underpass near Hatfield train station. Picture: STEPHEN HARVEYThe blue commemorative plaque for Joseph Alfred Gunn in place above an underpass near Hatfield train station. Picture: STEPHEN HARVEY

Mr Gunn was born in Hatfield after his father Joseph Smee Gunn, a blacksmith and farrier, moved to the town in 1880.

The Blue Plaque Scheme aims to promote the recognition and awareness of people, places and events which have been of lasting significance to Hatfield.

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