Plaque to commemorate a Titanic rowing hero

A plaque to commemorate Reginald Robinson Lee.
A plaque to commemorate Reginald Robinson Lee.
Dr John Steadman, archivist of Portsmouth History Centre based at Portsmouth Central Library     Picture:  Malcolm Wells

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I wonder how many of you know that one of the two lookouts on the Titanic on that fateful night a century ago lies at rest in Highland Road Cemetery.

The two men, Frederick Fleet, who spotted the iceberg and yelled out ‘Iceberg ahead’ was along with Reginald Robinson Lee high up in the crows nest post of the foremast of the Titanic on her maiden and last voyage.

Somehow both men managed to escape and Lee, who was a designated rower on lifeboat 13, managed to get to his boat thus saving his life.

Sadly he did not live for to long after as one year later he died of pneumonia and he was buried along with his mother and father.

His name was never placed on his parents headstone perhaps, owing to the feeling that still hung in the air after such a short time.

Friends of Highland Road Cemetery had a plaque placed on the grave on the anniversary of the sinking, April 14, 2012.