We are grateful to Simon McClean for the loan of his great-aunt’s memorial plaque, now on display at the Holyhead Maritime Museum. Louisa Parry was one of two Stewardesses lost on RMS Leinster and lived with her family at 5 Fair View, Holyhead. One of nine children, she was 22 when she lost her life.
Family information tells us that she was not scheduled to work that day but sailed in place of one of her sisters who was ill. It is further believed that Louisa Parry went to a lower deck to help passengers but became trapped in a cabin with another woman and a child; crew members were unable to open the door due to the angle of the ship and the pressure of the water against it.