The Sinking of the R.M.S. Leinster

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Margaret Eveline Doyle

DOYLE, Margaret Eveline

Margaret Eveline Doyle was born in Dublin on the 19th of March 1889 to Frederick Doyle and Rebecca Ovans, who had been married according to Methodist rites. They were living on Hollybank Road, Drumcondra and on the marriage certificate Frederick gave his occupation as an ‘Accountant’, though subsequently it was often ‘Clerk’. Rebecca’s father was a Shoe Manufacturer / Merchant. Margaret appears to have been an only child, and Rebecca, known as Ruby, died in November 1898 aged thirty-seven, leaving Frederick with a nine year old child.

Frederick remarried in September 1901 to Catherine Jack from Lucan. In the 1901 census they were living in Hollybank Road while Margaret was a pupil at the Society of Friends school in Henry Street, Mountmellick, named as Eveline M. By 1911 Frederick and Catherine had two children, Freda and Charlotte, and the family had moved to Lindsay Road in Glasnevin. This time Frederick’s occupation was detailed as ‘Clerical Staff, Guinness & Son’. Catherine’s mother and sister were living with them at the time but Margaret was not there. A Margaret Doyle, aged twenty-two was working as a Cook in Chapelizod Hospital and is possibly Margaret Eveline.

It is not known why she was travelling on RMS Leinster on the 10th of October 1918, but she may have been working in England at that stage. She did not survive the sinking and her body was not recovered. That same year, on the 31st of December, Frederick was found dead on a tram in O’Connell Street, having suffered a cerebral haemorrhage.



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