People on board
Michael Barry was born in Nicholas Street, Limerick on the 26th of April 1872 to Martin Barry and Margaret Donovan. Martin was a Shopkeeper at his marriage in 1867 and was described as ‘Store Clerk’ on Michael’s birth certificate. Michael was the fourth of their seven children. The family has not been identified in either the 1901 or 1911 censuses. When Michael’s sister Mary married William Hennessy in 1906 her father Martin was declared ‘Deceased’.
Michael Barry’s full military records are not available but he is shown in October 1918 to be with the 1st Anti-Aircraft Mobile Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery and to have enlisted in Ennis, Co Clare. The Medal and Awards Roll show that he was previously with the 28th Brigade of the R.F.A. with the Number 2939. The index to his pension records show that he had a sister, Mary Hennessy, presumably next-of-kin and suggesting that he had not married.
It is likely that Michael Barry was returning from leave with his family in Limerick when he travelled on RMS Leinster on the 10th of October 1918. He did not survive the sinking nor was his body recovered. His name is recorded on the Hollybrook War Memorial in Southampton.