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


THE mystery identity of a baby who died on the Titanic was solved yesterday after 95 years - when DNA tests proved 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.

The baby, buried in a cemetery in Halifax, Canada, that holds the bodies of many of the Titanic's 1,500 victims, was called "the unknown child."

He became a symbol for the 53 youngsters who died in 1912 when the Belfast-built liner struck an iceberg.

There have been many attempts to identify the toddler. 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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POIGNANT: Baby's grave; SAD: Mum and Dad with Sidney's brothers and sisters
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 2, 2007
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