ONE of the two last survivors of the 1912 sinking of the ill-fated Southampton liner, Titanic, has died.

Throughout her life, Barbara West Dainton shunned publicity, refusing to talk about the loss of the Titanic and in the end she insisted her funeral, held earlier this week in Truro, was to take place before any public announcement of her death.

With her death in Cornwall aged 96 the only remaining Titanic passenger left alive is 95-year-old Milvina Dean who lives in Woodlands, near Southampton.

Born in Bournemouth, Dorset, Mrs West Dainton was a second-class passenger on Titanic with her father, mother and sister, Constance. She survived the sinking possibly aboard lifeboat ten, along with her mother and sister and went on to marry in 1952.

Milvina Dean was just a ten week old baby when the ship hit the iceberg and was the youngest person to live to tell the tale of the loss of Titanic.