Story of how youngest victim of Titanic was identified finally told

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The story has finally been told of how a young victim of the Titanic sinking was identified – thanks to old shoes.

British boy Sidney Goodwin was found to be the toddler buried in 1912 as an “unknown child”.

A television documentary reveals how the 19-month-old’s identity was established after years of painstaking research.

In 2001, a university team exhumed his body in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. DNA tests were carried out on teeth and bone and at first it was thought he was a 13-month-old Finnish boy.

But Smithsonian Channel series The Curious Life And Death Of… tells how in 2004 shoes were handed in by relatives of Clarence Northover, who guarded the recovered bodies of Titanic victims.

Sidney had set sail on the ill-fated maiden voyage in 1912 with his father Fred Goodwin, 42, mother Augusta, 43, and five siblings Lillian, 16, Charles, 14, William, 11, Jessie, 10, and Harold, nine. All are believed to have perished.

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Sidney’s original memorial has now been replaced by a headstone with his name and a copy of an old photo of him – found by one of the researchers – on it.

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