ASH­PAN AN­NIE

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE -

On this date, in 2010, An­nie Welsh, who as a tod­dler sur­vived the Dec. 6, 1917, Hal­i­fax Ex­plo­sion and came to be known as Ash­pan An­nie, died at a Hal­i­fax se­niors res­i­dence. She was 95. Her mother and brother died when the blast ripped through their Bar­ring­ton Street home and she was thrown un­der the kitchen stove. Her fa­ther was a soldier over­seas. Re­lief ef­forts were ham­pered by a ma­jor snow­storm, but she sur­vived be­cause the ashes in the ash­pan kept her warm for 26 hours, un­til sol­diers res­cued her.

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