The Sinking of the R.M.S. Leinster

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Thomas Pattison


Tom Pattison was born in Manchester in 1874, first son of John and Ann (née Bate) Pattison. He had two younger brothers, Fred and Harry. By 1901 Tom had moved to Wallesey on the Wirral near Liverpool and was employed as a Ship Owner’s Clerk. In 1904 Tom married Emma Jane Langshaw in Salford, Manchester. They continued to live in Wallasey and a son, John Langshaw, was born in 1908.

In 1911 Tom was employed as a Booking Clerk for a “Steamship Co.”. Between 1914 and 1916 he also worked part-time as a Hospital Orderly with the Cheshire 15 VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment). His address then, and in 1918, was 19 Greencroft Road, Seacombe, Cheshire.

Emma Jane Pattison (nee Langshaw)
Emma Jane Pattison

It is not known why Thomas was on the RMS Leinster on 10th October 1918 although it may have been in connection with his job as Booking Clerk. He was lost in the sinking and his body was not recovered.

His widow, Emma Jane, died in 1924 at the age of 48, leaving their only child, John, an orphan at the age of 15.

Two years later, in April 1926, John emigrated to Australia, giving his occupation as “Engineering”. He settled in Sydney, marrying Phyllis Waugh there in 1933. Having been orphaned at a young age and emigrating alone to Australia, John had further trauma in 1948 when his wife and a daughter died in a tragic incident. John remarried and died in Australia in 1971.

Photos courtesy Stephanie Pattison



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