According to recent books, Ted learned also to play the flute, the violin and the cello while in the army. We are also told his military experiences took him to South Africa and the West Indies. I am inclined to believe these facts are true.
Ted is believed to have left the army early after five years' service.
By the age of about 20 he was working as a professional pianist in
He specialised in what we would call ‘easy listening’ - popular light music of the day. Ted played in the little orchestra of the Southport Pavilion, right next to the sea. Its 'bandmaster' is said to have been Edgar Heap - a man not much older than Ted himself.
|This is where Ted played piano in the Orchestra.|
|Paterson's Airstrip at Freshfield.|
One of the recent books ('Titanic' by Anton Gill) says The Southport Visitor reported that Ted even designed a plane of his own and got it to fly several hundred yards. (Gill's book, by the way, also claims that Ted wrote an operetta, called The Fairies' Tribute to the Coronation).
(Incidentally, in 1923 Teresa Steinhilber changed her name by deed poll to Teresa Terry. My guess is that this was because of the unpopularity of German-sounding names after the First World War.)
|The Titanic during the boarding of passengers|
Maybe he intended one day to settle as a musician in London (like his colleague on the Titanic Georges Krins) and bring his wife there.
Incidentally, in March 2013, it was claimed that Mr. Hartley's violin had been retrieved - as well as his body - and that the instrument had turned up in an attic! It was to be auctioned. But some scholars - while accepting that this particular instrument had belonged to Hartley - did not believe it was one he took with him on the Titanic.
|Another photograph of Ted|
I knew virtually nothing about the musicians of the Titanic until I visited the Maritime Museum in Liverpool in 2011. The special display about the Titanic was so moving and absorbing that I wanted to know more about the 'local' musician. I headed the next day to Freshfield and Southport Pavilion to see where Ted had passed many hours.