The Sinking of the R.M.S. Leinster

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Laurence Crowe

CROWE, Laurence

Laurence Crowe was born in 1889 to Philip Crowe and Sarah Lacy, the second of seven children. The family lived in Glasscarrig, Ballygarret, not far from Cahore Point in Co Wexford, in a house that was classified as 4th class in the 1901 census. Philip gave his occupation as ‘Agricultural Labourer’ as did Laurence in the 1911 census. When Laurence married in 1919 his father was deceased and he was working as a Seaman on the ‘Royal Mail Steamer Ulster’. His bride was Mary O’Callaghan with an address at Mulgrave St. Kingstown. He had been working as a Seaman on the RMS Leinster on the day of the sinking and was picked up by HMS Lively.

Mary’s death notice mentioned sons and daughters as well as grandchildren, and son Philip was the informant on both parent’s death certificates. Mary died in 2A Northumberland Place, Dun Laoghaire in April 1958 while Laurence died in 1962 at the age of 73 at his son Philip’s house in Curzon St., North Circular Rd. Both Mary and Laurence were buried in Deansgrange cemetery.

Laurence, known as ‘La’ Crowe, was one of the RMS Leinster survivors to be interviewed by the Dublin Post in 1960. He was photographed with two of his granddaughters, Jacqueline and Rosanna, and he is quoted as saying that “they kicked me into retirement” when he had retired the previous year from working on the Mail Boats.



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