People on board
Patrick Boyle was born on the 1st of April 1890 in Partick, Glasgow to Peter Boyle and Bridget McMenamin. He was the second of their twelve children, only seven of whom were alive in 1911. Peter and Bridget were both from the Convoy area of east Donegal, were married there and their first child, Catherine was born there in 1888. They moved to Glasgow before Patrick was born, apparently leaving Catherine in Donegal.
The rest of the family were born in Partick, including the youngest, Peter, in 1904. A Labourer on his marriage certificate, Peter gave his occupation as ‘Coal Salesman’ on the 1904 birth certificate. Sometime between 1904 and 1911 the family returned to Donegal and in the 1911 census they were living in Labbadoo townland, near Convoy. The child, Peter’s, place of birth was given as Co Donegal. The eldest girl, Catherine or Cassie, was living with the family again, giving her occupation as Seamstress. Patrick and his brother James, as well as their father, were Agricultural Labourers.
Patrick Boyle enlisted at Londonderry as a Pioneer in the Royal Engineers, involved in the construction and maintenance of the infrastructure that allowed the war to progress. It is not known when he enlisted or where he was working or when he was transferred to the Labour Corps. He was presumably returning from leave in Donegal 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 Hollybank Memorial in Southampton.