SOS message from Titanic
A wireless message received by the Russian steamer Birma from the Titanic about five minutes after Titanic struck the iceberg that sank her. The Titanic is identified by her code letters MGY and the message uses both old distress call letters CQD (Come Quickly Danger) and new, SOS. It reads, "CQD - SOS from M.G.Y. We have struck iceberg sinking fast come to our assistance. Position Lat 41, 46 N., Long 50, 14 W. - MGY." Date: 14th April 1912
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Early scouting certificate
An early scouting certificate, with the handwritten words: You are now a Scout. I trust you - on your honour - at all times to do your best to carry out your duty, and to do a good turn to somebody every day. It is signed by the Chief Scout, Sir Robert Baden-Powell. Depicting three heroic-looking scouts taking part in healthy activities.
early 20th century
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Roger Casement, Irish patriot and poet
Roger Casement (Roger David Casement, 1864-1916), Irish patriot, poet, revolutionary, nationalist and human rights activist, seen here in a portrait photograph signed by him, and dated 4 August 1915. He was executed for treason at Pentonville Prison, London, under controversial circumstances, with various prominent people pleading for clemency, and is regarded as a martyr. His body was exhumed and given a state funeral in Dublin in 1965.
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