27 August 1881|
Greenwich, England, United Kingdom
4 May 1965 (aged 83)|
Godalming, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
|Resting place||her ashes were spread in her flowerbed at her home in Godalming, Surrey|
|Spouse(s)||George Octavius Shaw Pringle|
Gladys Cherry (27 August 1881 – 4 May 1965) was a survivor of the sinking of the RMS Titanic.
Gladys Cherry was born at the [Royal Naval College, Greenwich], as the third and last child of James Frederick Cherry (died 1883) and his wife, Lady Emily Louisa Haworth-Leslie (died 1936), the daughter of Mary Elizabeth, 18th Countess of Rothes. She had a sister, Miriam, and a brother, Charles, who became an actor.
In 1912, Gladys traveled with her cousin's wife, Lucy Noël Martha, Countess of Rothes and the Countess' maid, Miss Roberta "Cissy" Maioni, to the United States via the RMS Titanic. Gladys and Noël occupied stateroom B-77.
On the night that the Titanic sank, Gladys retired at ten o'clock. She had been sound asleep until Noël roused her and both began to wonder at the "strange quiet." Realising the engines had stopped; they sought a steward, who informed them the ship had stopped due to icebergs. Excited by the news, the two women rushed up to the boat deck, where they witnessed third class passengers playing with large chunks of ice at the bow of the ship.
Captain Edward J. Smith advised the women (along with a group of other first cabin passengers) to dress warmly, put on their lifebelts, and return to the boat deck immediately. After so doing, the women entered lifeboat No. 8. Throughout the night in the lifeboat, Gladys recalled being "numb from the waist downwards," and that the clothes she had worn had been ruined while in the lifeboat. She remained at the tiller all night, while Noël stayed beside a 22-year-old Spanish newlywed, Señora Maria Peñasco y Castellana, who had been screaming for her husband, Victor.
Gladys arrived in New York City safely, and there met her brother, Charlie. Eventually, she returned to the United Kingdom and resumed life at a normal pace. Gladys married retired army officer George Octavius Shaw Pringle in the 1930s. The couple had no children.
- The New York Herald, 1912
- Letters from Gladys Cherry to her Mother, 1912