Crosby, Ellen

Ellen Crosby was born in Liverpool during 1875; her parents were Edward and Margaret Crosby. L

The 1881 Census shows that the family at that time lived at 13 Homer Street, Toxteth Park, Liverpool.   Her father was employed as a Carter to the Railway (He drove a light two wheeled carriage).  She had two brothers John Crosby and Thomas Davis Crosby and also a sister Annie Crosby.

The 1901 Census tells us that the family had  moved to 418 Park Road, Toxteth Park, Liverpool.   Ellen was a Dressmaker in her own  account working from home.

At some stage the family moved to Bagillt, Flintshire and lived at 6 Foel Gron, Bagillt.

On 13 May 1913, Ellen and Annie emigrated to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  They left Liverpool on board SS Victorian, a ship of the Allan Line Steamship Company and arrived in Quebec on 20 May 1913 and then travelled overland to Vancouver where they lived at 1025 Thurlow Street, Vancouver.  It is not known when their brother Thomas Davis Crosby had  travelled to Canada but he also emigrated.

During May 1915 Ellen and her sister Annie were passengers on the RMS Lusitania travelling to Liverpool from New York to visit family members when it was attacked by a German U Boat and  sunk off the coast of Ireland and they were both drowned.  Details of the sinking of the ship appeared in the County Herald on 21 May 1915. Ellen’s body was found and was labelled as Body 133. She was buried in a mass grave in the churchyard in Cobh.

The brother David was not on the Lusitania but he is also listed on the Bagillt Memorial. He joined the Canadian army and was killed in action in France.

Her brother Thomas Davis Crosby enlisted with the 1st Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery and was Killed in Action in Belgium on 12 June 1916.

Follow the link to Arthur Rowland Jones who was listed on the Prestatyn memorial.  He was first officer on the Lusitania. He survived the attack but died in another incident.

Follow the link to Thomas Owen Hughes of Llanfynydd. he worked in the Stewards’ Department on the Lusitania and drowned.



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