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Alice Mary Maud Fleming

FLEMING, Alice Mary Maud

Alice Mary Maud Fleming was born in Worksop, Nottinghamshire about 1879, the only child of Dr Christopher Fleming and Maud Mary Pulleyne. Christopher, born in 1848, was the eldest son of John Fleming of Nerano House in Dalkey, Co Dublin. For many years he was medical officer to the Worksop Board of Guardians. In 1891, at the age of eleven, Alice was a Boarder in a Catholic convent school in Torquay, Devon and in 1901 she was a student in Oxford. In the 1911 census she was in Eccleshall, Yorkshire, a Boarder, living on independent means but no occupation given.

Alice’s father Christopher died in 1913 and her mother Maud in 1916. It is not known if there were many Fleming relatives alive in Ireland at this time, but it was her aunt Kathleen Fleming that she was visiting in October 1918. Kathleen, then aged about fifty-six and unmarried, was living in the family home, Nerano House, with a boarder and two servants. Alice was returning to England on the 10th of October and initially she survived the sinking. She was taken to St Michael’s Hospital in Kingstown, but she died of broncho-pneumonia on the 17th.

When the newspapers reported her death she was described as the niece of Miss Fleming of Dalkey, with a London address of 4 Stanhope Street, Hyde Park. When her will was probated in December 1918 an additional address in St Ives in Cornwall was also given. Alice left almost £6,000 and Kathleen Fleming was the administrator. Kathleen died in Nerano House in 1948.

 

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