The Sinking of the R.M.S. Leinster

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Robert James Lewis

LEWIS, Robert James

Robert James Lewis was born in 1887 in Holyhead. His father was John Lewis and his mother’s surname was possibly Jones. Robert was the youngest of their seven children, two of whom died young. In the 1891 census the family was living in Vulcan Street, and though John said that he was married, there was no wife present. The eldest girl, Mary, aged sixteen, was a Pupil Teacher and John was a ‘Railway Goods Foreman’ in the Port.

In 1891 he was a ‘Railway Warehouseman’, Mary was a School Mistress while Robert, aged fourteen, and his older sister Jane, aged nineteen, were Pupil Teachers. By 1911 both were Assistant Teachers. It is not known when Robert changed career, but he appears in the 1918 Crew List of the City of Dublin Steam Packet Co. as Second Cook.

It was in that role that he was on RMS Leinster on the 10th of October. He survived the sinking and was awarded the Maritime Marine Medal and the British War Medal.


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