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Titanic toddler named.

Byline: STEPHEN WHITE

A CHILD victim of the Titanic, buried for 89 years in a grave marked "unknown", will have his name added at last.

DNA tests show he was two-year-old Eugene Rice, who died with his mother Margaret and their family in the 1912 disaster.

Distant cousin Des Norton, 29, said yesterday: "It is 99 per cent positive the body is Eugene's but we are waiting for one final result to confirm it."

The body of Margaret, 39, was recovered with Eugene's but they were buried separately in Nova Scotia, Canada, because it was believed he was a Swedish woman's child.

The toddler's body was exhumed for tests after Titanic expert Dr Alan Ruffman was convinced he was Margaret's.

He advertised in newspapers in Ireland, where she came from, and a woman relative came forward to give DNA.

Des, of Glossop, Derbys, added: "We will push to have Eugene reunited with Margaret in the same grave. That would be a wonderful end."

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Date:Aug 10, 2001
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