Master Ronald Sutcliffe Greenwood

Ronald Greenwood, 11, of South Boston, was a United States national traveling second cabin aboard Lusitania on his way to Northowram, Halifax, Yorkshire, England to be with his late mother’s side of the family. Ronald was killed when the Lusitania was torpedoed on 7 May 1915 by the German submarine U-20. His body was either not recovered or not identified.

Ronald Greenwood was the son of Ellis Wilson Greenwood and attended the Lincoln School. Ronald’s mother had died the previous September, and the child had entered a state of melancholy since then. His mother’s family, in Halifax, England, wrote Robert’s father Ellis saying that if Ronald wished for someone to take his mother’s place that he was welcome to stay with them in England. Ronald had read the letter before Ellis did and pleaded with his father to let him go back to England. Ellis tried to persuade Ronald to wait until the weather was warmer, so in mid-April, Ronald pleaded with Ellis again. Ellis agreed and had one of Ronald’s uncles, a Mr. Spencer of Lawrence, Massachusetts, book second cabin passage on Lusitania for Ronald.

Ellis arranged for a second cabin steward to look out for his son on his upcoming passage aboard Lusitania. The day of departure from New York, 1 May, Ellis was unable to go aboard Lusitania, so his son said goodbye to him on the pier. Ronald had told his father, “Well, never mind, dad, I’ll go aboard alone and find the steward.” When Ronald reached the top of the gangplank, he stopped, turned around, and called back an affectionate “Goodby, dad!”
This was the last time Ellis and Ronald saw each other. Ellis did not know of the warning the German Embassy had published in the newspapers that morning against sailing aboard Lusitania.

In the Boston Globe of 8 May, Ellis still expressed hope that Ronald was safe, but this was not to be.

Links of interest


Ronald Greenwood at Lest We Forget – Encyclopedia Titanica

Contributors
Cliff Barry, UK
Jim Kalafus, USA
Peter Kelly, Ireland
Michael Poirier, USA

References:
Kalafus, Jim, Michael Poirier, Cliff Barry and Peter Kelly (2013) “Lest We Forget : The Lusitania.” Gare Maritime. (ref: #10962, accessed 27th April 2015 03:24:39 PM)
URL : http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/lest-we-forget-the-lusitania.html

Master Robert Logan

Robert Logan, 2, was a native-born United States citizen of Scottish descent residing in Paterson, New Jersey, United States. He was traveling aboard Lusitania with his mother, Ruth, to his mother’s hometown of Ayr, Scotland. Mother and son traveled in third class. Ruth Logan survived the Lusitania sinking on 7 May 1915 but Robert did not.

Biography


Robert Logan was born to James and Ruth Logan, and early on they moved to Paterson, New Jersey, where they lived for a year before sailing aboard Lusitania. When the First World War broke out, James enlisted early on and was wounded in the Battle of Ypres in November 1914. By May 1915, James was returning to the front, and Ruth and Robert were traveling to Ayr, closer to James, to where they would stay out the remainder of the war.

Ruth’s account of the sinking begins on a staircase where, at the moment of the torpedoing, she was making her way to the open deck with Robert walking ahead of her, so that if he missed a step he would not fall far from her:

I never let him out of my sight, as I was afraid something might happen to him. There were people coming behind me, and when the shock came we were all jolted about. I immediately seized Robert and ran on deck. The vessel had a considerable list to one side, but she righted herself for a few minutes and several men clapped their hands and tried to reassure us that she would keep afloat. The day before the disaster there were sports on board and as Robert was too wee to take part in the general amusement, I took to running after him crying as I did so “I’ll catch you!” And, oh! The tragedy of it all. When the rush for lifebelts came Robert could not understand it all and lisped the words I had used the day before.

Everybody seemed to be running around, and everybody seemed to be getting lifebelts. I appealed to several, but no one in the excitement heeded me until a sailor came along. I took him to be an officer. “Wait a second and I’ll get you one” he said, and he immediately reappeared with a life jacket and he put it around me. I said to him “What about the child?” and he replied “Put him in along with you” and he lifted my child and put him inside the jacket which was around me. He immediately began to struggle, and wanted down on the deck, and another sailor passing me a minute later advised me to put him down till he could get the jacket put on right. I asked him to get a lifebelt for the wee chap, and he hurried forward to get one, and at that moment the ship went over. I held onto his hood and we went down together, and I still had a grip of him when we came to the surface, but the child’s struggles and the struggling of hundreds of others in the water around me caused us to be separated.

Ruth survived and identified her son’s body in Queenstown, before continuing on her way to Scotland. Robert Logan, body #42, was buried in Common Grave C, in Old Church Cemetery, Queenstown (now Cobh), Ireland.

Links of interest


Ruth and Robert Logan at Lest We Forget – Encyclopedia Titanica

Contributors
Cliff Barry, UK
Jim Kalafus, USA
Peter Kelly, Ireland
Mike Poirier, USA

References:
Jim Kalafus, Michael Poirier, Cliff Barry and Peter Kelly (2013) “Lest We Forget : The Lusitania.” Gare Maritime. (ref: #10962, accessed 27th April 2015 03:24:39 PM) URL : http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/lest-we-forget-the-lusitania.html

Mr. Arthur W. Elliott

Arthur W. Elliott, 30, was a British subject from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He was traveling aboard Lusitania with his wife, Annie, in second cabin. At the time of the Lusitania‘s last sailing, Annie was pregnant. When the German submarine torpedoed and sank the Lusitania on 7 May 1915, Annie and her unborn child survived and was carried to full term, but Arthur was lost in the sinking. His body was either never recovered or not identified.

Arthur and Annie had only been married for four months up until the time of the Lusitania disaster, and Arthur was an electrician who worked with his brother in Calgary. At the Mixed Claims Commission following Arthur’s death, Annie stated that she believe that Arthur would have made $1,200 a year.

In Annie’s account of the sinking, she states that people had not seriously believed that the Lusitania was in trouble when the torpedo hit, so Arthur went below decks to their cabin to retrieve some clothing. Annie then states that a second shock happened and the boat (not clear if she was referring to her lifeboat or the ship) turned over. She believes that Arthur was trapped in the cabin when the ship sank. His body was never recovered.

His and Annie’s daughter, Helen, was born in England while Annie was recuperating from the sinking.

Arthur W. Elliott is not to be confused with Arthur “Jo” Elliot, who served in the deck department of the ship’s crew.

Links of interest


Lest We Forget – Encyclopedia Titanica

Contributors
Cliff Barry, UK
Jim Kalafus, USA
Peter Kelly, Ireland
Michael Poirier, USA

References:
Jim Kalafus, Michael Poirier, Cliff Barry and Peter Kelly (2013) “Lest We Forget : The Lusitania.” Gare Maritime. (ref: #10962, accessed 27th April 2015 03:24:39 PM)
URL : http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/lest-we-forget-the-lusitania.html

Mixed Claims Commission, Case 836.

Mrs. William Smith (Minnie)

Minnie Smith, 28, was a British subject residing in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, traveling third class aboard Lusitania. Minnie was married to Constable William Smith, and at the time of the Lusitania‘s last departure from New York on 1 May 1915, she was pregnant. Minnie and her unborn child were lost when the Lusitania was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-20 on 7 May 1915. Her husband William commented, “Those dirty hounds murdered my wife and her unborn babe. They may get me, but I will wipe out my score first.”

By 12 May, there was no chance that she and her unborn child would be found alive. William Smith resigned from his job and enlisted in British Armed Forces on 13 May 1915. Minnie’s body was eventually recovered, #110, and buried in Common Grave C in the Old Church Cemetery in Queenstown (now Cobh), Ireland.

Links of interest


Minnie Smith at Lest We Forget – Encyclopedia Titanica

Contributors
Cliff Barry, UK
Jim Kalafus, USA
Peter Kelly, Ireland
Senan Molony, Ireland
Michael Poirier, USA

References:
Jim Kalafus, Michael Poirier, Cliff Barry and Peter Kelly (2013) “Lest We Forget : The Lusitania.” Gare Maritime. (ref: #10962, accessed 27th April 2015 03:24:39 PM)
URL : http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/lest-we-forget-the-lusitania.html

Molony, Senan. Lusitania: An Irish Tragedy, page 129. Mercier Press, 2004.

Mrs. Albert Palmer (Annie Oakes)

Annie Palmer, 33, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, was traveling aboard Lusitania with her husband Albert and their children Edgar, Olive, and Albert, Jr. The entire family was lost in the Lusitania sinking.

Colin Simpson’s book erroneously describes the Palmers as being transfers from the Queen Margaret. the transfers the morning Lusitania sailed were from the Cameronia, not Queen Margaret, and the Palmer family had always intended to sail aboard Lusitania and were not transfers.

A police report discovered by Peter Kelly details the recovery of Annie’s, Edgar’s, and Albert’s bodies by Baltimore, Ireland, along the island’s south coast. The bodies were brought ashore, examined, photographed. The report reveals that Mrs. Palmer stood 5’2”, had light blue eyes and an oval face, and died wearing a blue corded skirt and brown tweed jacket. Her 7-year-old son Albert also had blue eyes, and wore a Lusitania souvenir badge. Mrs. Palmer had time to “attach” her infant to herself while still on the ship. All three bodies were discovered lodged beneath an overturned lifeboat. A notation found elsewhere indicates that his grandmother identified the boy’s body, using the photograph that remains with the report. Annie’s husband, Mr. Albert Palmer, and their four year old daughter, Olive, were never found.

Per the list of interments at Cobh, Mrs. Annie Palmer was body #179, age 33 years, Common Grave B; Master Albert Palmer was body #179, age 6 months, buried with Mrs. Annie Palmer in Common Grave B; Master Edgar Palmer was body #184, age 7 years, buried Common Grave B.

Links of interest


The Palmer Family at Lest We Forget – Encyclopedia Titanica

Contributors
Cliff Barry, UK
Jim Kalafus, USA
Peter Kelly, Ireland
Paul Latimer
Michael Poirier, USA
Judith Tavares

References:
Jim Kalafus, Michael Poirier, Cliff Barry and Peter Kelly (2013) “Lest We Forget : The Lusitania.” Gare Maritime. (ref: #10962, accessed 27th April 2015 03:24:39 PM)
URL : http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/lest-we-forget-the-lusitania.html

New York Times. Sunday, 9 May 1915.