Honour for our Titanic hero

The Friends of HMS Conway in co operation with the residents of 17 Granville Road along with the Moody family have arranged with the Scarborough Civic Society to have a plaque erected commemorating the birthplace of RMS Titanic Sixth Officer John Paul Moody. 121562d. Picture by Dave Kettlewell.'14/04/2012.
The Friends of HMS Conway in co operation with the residents of 17 Granville Road along with the Moody family have arranged with the Scarborough Civic Society to have a plaque erected commemorating the birthplace of RMS Titanic Sixth Officer John Paul Moody. 121562d. Picture by Dave Kettlewell.'14/04/2012.
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A HEROIC naval officer’s Scarborough roots have been commemorated exactly 100 years to the day that the doomed Titanic liner struck an iceberg and later sank.

Descendants of James Paul Moody – who was born at 17 Granville Road, South Cliff, in 1887 – unveiled a new blue plaque at his birthplace on Saturday.

Philippa Webster, who now lives in Hovingham, is his great niece and was extremely proud of what he had done. She added: “He gave up his life for other people. We are very proud.”

Kath Saville, who is one of the current residents at the address, said it was “fabulous” that he had been honoured and remembered.

She has lived there for almost seven years and said: “Just after we moved in we found out that he’d been born here. This makes it a bit special – it’s a lovely house anyway but it’s just a bit better now.”

The 24-year-old was the sixth and youngest officer on RMS Titanic, which sank on April 15 1912.

He was the man who answered the bridge phone from the lookout and uttered the now famous, yet fateful words: “Iceberg right ahead”.

The blue plaque was provided by the Friends of HMS Conway – Moody attended the training ship HMS Conway from the age of 14 and later attended King Edward VII Nautical School in London where he passed his Masters Examination in April 1911.

He was last seen by Second Officer Charles Lightoller trying to launch a collapsible boat at about 2.18am and he was the only junior officer to lose his life in the disaster.

His sacrifice has also been marked on a monument in Woodlands Cemetery and another at St-Martin-on-the-Hill Church.

Saturday also saw the launch of a special exhibition to mark the anniversary at Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre in Eastborough.

It will run until September and features a wealth of information relating to the disaster.

The centre is open Wednesday to Sunday from 11am to 4pm.

And Woodend and The Bookshelf bookshop also have Titanic displays.

Exhibitions pictures on page 18.