People on board
Martha Bridge was cook to Lady Alexandra Phyllis Hamilton and perished with her aboard the Leinster. She was 27 years old and unmarried. According to her death certificate, Reginald Armstrong of Shelton Abbey, Arklow identified her body. Shelton Abbey was then owned by the Earl of Wicklow, whose wife, Gladys, had been a sister to Lady Phyllis, who died in 1917. Phyllis, her mother, along with Martha Bridge and Ellenor Strachan stayed at Shelton Abbey for several weeks in autumn 1918. The Duchess left before her daughter and did not travel on the Leinster. Reginald Armstrong had presumably come to know Martha during this time and was thus in the unhappy position of being able to identify her body.
Text: Claire Bradley