The Sinking of the R.M.S. Leinster

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Daisy Lovelace


Daisy Lovelace was born in Bury St Edmunds on the 3rd of August 1892 to William Lovelace and Ellen Hurrell. Daisy was the eldest surviving child of seven, the first having died in infancy. William Lovelace’s occupation at the birth of the early children was ‘Rural Postman’, but later he was a Labourer. The family lived in High Baxter Street close to the Cathedral in the town. By 1918 they were in nearby Short Brackland.

In the 1911 census the eldest son was a Telegraph Messenger while Daisy, aged nineteen, was working as a Barmaid in a Public House in Cannon Street in central London. Nothing further is known of her career and it is not known why she was on RMS Leinster on the 10th of October 1918, or who she was with. She did not survive the sinking, nor was her body recovered. Her name and details of her death are recorded on the family grave in St Martin’s Churchyard, Fornham St Martin, just outside Bury St Edmunds. Here her father had been laid to rest the previous month, when he had died on the 21st of September, aged fifty-three.

Daisy’s sister Victoria died in March 1920, aged nineteen to add to the series of tragedies facing the family. Their mother Ellen lived until 1932. In 1944 another daughter Florence, who was then Mrs Marks, was appointed Mayoress of Southall, Middlesex.



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