People on board
Robert Quinn was born in Dublin about 1884 and, according to his church marriage record, his father was named Michael. His mother may have been Jane Shannon but this has not been confirmed. The family moved to Liverpool and a possible 1901 census shows a Robert Quinn, born in Dublin, living with his mother and siblings in West Derby, Liverpool and giving his occupation as ‘Porter Tailor and Draper’.
Robert Quinn’s military records are only transcriptions, his entry in the Register of Soldiers Effects being the only original. However these records give his wife as Sarah E and three children. In early 1911 he married Sarah Ellen Gelling in Liverpool and in the 1911 census they were living in Webster Road. Later that year their first daughter, Kathleen, was born followed by Sheila in 1914 and Winifred in 1917.
Robert Quinn enlisted in the King’s Liverpool Regiment, Service Number 3/39421, but it is not known when. In October 1918 he was with the Labour Corps 659th Home Service Employment Company attached to the King’s Liverpool Regiment in Victoria Barracks in Cork. Presumably returning home on leave, he travelled on RMS Leinster on the 10th of October. He did not survive the sinking but his body was recovered and he was buried in Grangegorman Military Cemetery in Dublin. Sarah and her daughters moved to Berry Street in Burnley.