Mrs. Nina Wickham

Nina Wickham, 50, was a British national from New Zealand.  She had at least three sons, one known as J.N.D. in England, Neville in India, and Digby in New Zealand.  Nina's reasons for traveling from New York are not known, but presumably to see her son in England.  Nina was traveling by herself and died in the sinking of the Lusitania.  Nina was listed in the New York Times’ list of missing and probable dead, published on Sunday, 9 May 1915. A family friend, a Danish businessman living in London, wrote a letter of condolence to Neville Wickham.  Neville wrote back to the businessman from Cawnpore, India.  In that letter, Neville says that he and his brother Digby, in New Zealand, regretted having let their mother travel during the war, but that they could never stop their "mater" doing anything.  Neville then proceeds to say that he wants to avenge her "cruel murder" by the Germans. This Danish family friend helped the Wickhams during a time of some difficulty.  He had also received a set of Charles Dickens' work from Nina that is still in the family's possession. Nina's body was identified as #54.  According to family history, Nina was identified by the diamond rings she was wearing.  She was buried in the Old Church Cemetery in Queenstown (now Cobh), Ireland, on 10 May 1915.  She is in Common Grave C, 8th row lower tier. Letters of administration were taken by her son J.N.D. Wickham and produced by Messrs. Powell, Rogers, & Merrick, Solicitors, at 17 Essex St, Strand, London, England.  Property with her trunk was forwarded to WC on 23 Dec 1915. Contributors: Catherine Ferreira (granddaughter of a family friend of Nina Wickham) Judith Tavares David Wickham (great-grandson of Nina Wickham)

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