The Sinking of the R.M.S. Leinster

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Isaac James Hustwitt

HUSTWITT, Isaac James

Isaac James Hustwitt was born in January 1876 in Redcar in North Yorkshire to Christopher Obadiah Hustwitt and Annie Fowler. Christopher was also born in Yorkshire, Hustwitt being a very old Anglo-Saxon name found most frequently in Yorkshire and Lancashire. In the 1891 census his occupation was as a ‘Blast Furnace Labourer’. Annie was from Scotland and was a ‘Laundress’. Isaac was the eldest of seven children and in 1891 he was working as an ‘Iron Mongers Assistant’. He was to continue in that position until, in the 1911 census, he was an ‘Ironmonger Shop Manager’.

In 1899 Isaac married Emily Robinson, also born in Redcar, and they had three children, Ernest in 1900, Alfred 1903 and Maud 1906. The family lived in Middlesbrough, at 23 Temple Street from at least 1911.

Isaac enlisted with the 2nd / 1st Yorkshire Hussars Yeomanry which was converted to a Cyclist Unit in 1916. In April 1918 the Brigade moved to Ireland, with regiments at Fermoy and Fethard. Isaac Hustwitt was presumably returning home on leave when he travelled on 10 October 1918 on RMS Leinster, along with eleven others from these regiments.He did not survive the sinking but his body was recovered and brought to the King George V hospital in Dublin. He was given a military funeral and was interred in the Catholic section of the Military Cemetery in Grangegorman, Dublin.



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