VIA: The History of Wales.

On 10th October 1918, RMS Leinster was serving as the Dún Laoghaire to Holyhead mail boat when she was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat.just outside Dublin Bay.

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Over 500 people perished in the sinking, the greatest single loss of life in the Irish Sea. In 2003, The Friends of the Leinster held a service at Holyhead to commemorate the 85th anniversary.


Inspirational Women of World War One.

Remembering those who lost their lives when Royal Mail Ship "Leinster" was torpedoed and sunk on 10th October 1918, among them
WESTWELL, Assistant Administrator, MAY. Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps. Drowned at sea (from R.M.S. "Leinster"), 10 October 1918. Age 30. Daughter of Ellen Westwell, of 103, Lovely Lane, Warrington, and the late W. W. Westwell. May was buried in Grangegorman Military Cemetery, Co. Dublin, Ireland - Grave Reference: CE. Officers. 30.

MELLETT, Nursing Sister, HENRIETTA. 15th Can. Gen. Hosp., Canadian Army Medical Corps. Died in the sinking of R.M.S. "Leinster", 10 October 1918. Age 39. She was burid in Mount Jerome Cemetery, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Grave Reference: 410. A62.

BARRETT, Nurse, SOPHIA VIOLET. Voluntary Aid Detachment. Drowned at sea (from R.M.S. "Leinster"), 10 October 1918. She has no grave but is remembered on the Hollybrook Memorial in Southampton, UK.

OWEN, Stewardess, HANNAH. S.S. "Leinster.", Mercantile Marine. 10 October 1918. Age 36. Daughter of William and Mary Owen, of 2, Tower Gardens, Holyhead. She was buried in Holyhead (Maeshyfryd) Burial Board Cemetery, Anglesey, Wales - Grave Reference: B. 890.

CARR, Clerk, (shorthand typist), JOSEPHINE, G/4985. W.R.N.S., Women's Royal Naval Service. Killed in action in S.S. "Leinster" with submarine in Irish Sea, 10 October 1918. Age 19. Daughter of Kathleen Carr, of 4, Bethesda Row, Blackrock Rd., Cork, and the late Samuel Carr. She is remembered on the Plymouth Naval Memorial Reference: 31. Mary Josephine Carr, drowned in the Irish Sea when the SS Leinster was torpedoed on 10 October 1918.

PARRY, Stewardess, LOUISA. S.S. "Leinster" (Dublin), Mercantile Marine. Drowned, as a result of an attack by an enemy submarine, 10 October 1918. Age 22. Daughter of Owen and Katherine Parry (Nee Williams), of 5, Fair View, Holyhead, Anglesey. She is remembered on Tower Hill Memorial, London, UK.

Clare Eleanor McNally of the Women's Legion killed when RMS "Leinster" was torpedoed and sunk on 10th October 1918.

Nurse Nellie Hogan from Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co. Clare, Ireland was drowned when the RMS Leinster was sunk.

Delia Davoren and her sister Nora Davoren nursed in WW1 in Northampton. They were from Co. Clare in Ireland and were drowned when the RMS Leinster was sunk on 10th Octobwer 1918.

Margaret O’Grady and her sister Mary O’Grady were both nurses from Quin, Co. Clare, they were travelling together on the RMS Leinster, Margaret was drowned when the RMS Leinster was sunk on 10 October 1918 and her sister was rescued. Margaret was buried at Quin Abbey. Daughters of Francis O'Grady, Manse, Quin, Co. Clare.

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A Pre-WW1 photograph of the ship.