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After 95 years, a name for the Titanic's unknown child; DNA IDs ENGLISH TODDLER.


FOR 95 years, the tiny victim of the Titanic disaster was poignantly called "the unknown child".

He became a touching symbol for the 53 youngsters who died in 1912 when the huge liner struck an iceberg.

But now the mystery of his identity has finally been solved - as DNA tests prove he was English toddler Sidney Leslie Goodwin.

Sidney, 19 months, died with parents Fred and Augusta and five brothers and sisters as they headed to the US for a new life.

Over the years there had been many attempts to identify the tot who is buried in a cemetery in Halifax, Canada, that holds the bodies of many of the ship's 1,500 victims.

Researchers initially believed him to be Irish lad Eugene Rice.

It was then decided he was two-year-old Gosta Leonard Palsson from Sweden.

In 2001 the body was exhumed and DNA samples suggested he was 13-month-old Eino Panula of Finland.

Members of the Panula family made a pilgrimage to the grave.

But more detailed tests showed the DNA was not an exact match. Then new research found a surviving relative of Augusta whose DNA matched. Dr Ryan Parr, of Canada's Lakehead University, said yesterday: "It's been a difficult project - like a detective story. Just when you think you have your suspect, they elude your grasp."

Fred Goodwin, 42, an electrical engineer and Augusta, 44, were taking Lillie, 16, Charles Edward, 15, Willie, 13, Harold, 12, Jessie, 10 and little Sidney to Niagara Falls. Fred's brother Thomas had settled there and the Goodwins sold a house in Fulham to fund the move.

They were booked on another ship but transferred to a Third Class Titanic berth at the last minute.

After the disaster Augusta's sister Clara told the Daily Mirror how she learned the entire family had died when she was handed a telegram from Thomas that read simply: "All gone."

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SAD: Mum and Dad with Sidney's brothers and sisters; POIGNANT: Baby's grave
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 2, 2007
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