Passengers & Crew
Capt. Henry Kendall and Cmdr. John
Cmdr. John T. Walsh was General Manager
of CP ships at the time and a life long friend of
Capt Kendell. Greg Walsh has graciously
contributed some rare newspaper clippings and photos
given to Cmdr. Walsh and signed by Capt. Kendall
father-in-law, his first wife Maria or Marie, and his
two children were passengers on the Empress of Ireland
when it sank May 29, 1914. George was saved, his
wife and two children were lost. The two children are
buried somewhere at Quebec City but we have been unable
to find their graves.
& Elsie Neville: He was a
promising young actor/manager in Lawrence Irving's
company. He had appeared several times on the London
stage, and was finishing a tour of Canada with his wife
Elsie Neville (stage name Elsie Vron).
The photo of the Crew on deck
includes my grandfather, Alexander Craik who died on the
wreck. I have photos of him in uniform. He
was the second steward and probably the tallest of the
Mr. & Mrs. J. Gabriel Marks:
Both Mr and Mrs Marks were born
in Melbourne, Australia. In 1906 Mr MARKS married
Marion ALEXANDER, the second daughter of the late Mr
George ALEXANDER, of Richmond, Victoria and were
prominent residents of Fiji at the time of their
deaths. Mr Marks was the first Mayor of Suva,
Horwood: William Horwood- b. Oct.7, 1880,
in Berryhill England was drowned on the Empress of
Ireland and that my grandfather's sister Mabel Horwood
(b. April 20, 1889) was a surviver.
Great grandma was on her way back to England
after visiting my Grandmother.
Francis Hobson: Sidney
Hobson had sailed a number of times. He
subsequently went on to serve in the arny in WW1 and WW2
going back to sea between the wars and finally passing
away in 1945. Dave Hobson has sent a newspaper
clipping of some of the survivors from the Empress that
includes his grandfather.
Great Aunt Clarrie was a stewardess and was lost when
the Empress of Ireland went down her body was never
recovered and from her brothers letters it seems her
mother thought she might come back one day, but she
David McAmmond was travelling with the Salvation
Army Band on the final voyage of the Empress of
Ireland. He was a survivor.
Tumilty: Bernard Tumilty was a
stoker on the Empress Of Ireland and died in the tragic
sinking on May 29, 1914.
In 1914 Matthew Tales took some of the children
to Canada to live. His wife Mary & some of the
children remained in Ilkley - waiting for Matthew to
collect them & take them to Canada to live.
Unfortunately, Matthew returned to England on the
Empress of Ireland. From that day on the family remained
in two halves- half in England & half in Canada.
Charles Swan survived the Empress tragedy only to meet
another tragedy on shore. Don Kern writes "My
great grandfather amazingly did live, he floated
on wreckages from the ship and managed to hang on for
CPR Passenger & Crew Listing reads:
Name: Judin (or Yudin), Harry
[it reads exactly like this]
Issued at: Toronto,
Sir Henry Seton Kerr: Sir
Henry was lost on the Empress May 29, 1914.
have more information about Sir Henry Seton Kerr, please
contact the web master of the
Geneology Web Site
Lally: James Lally was a
Fireman/Stoker on board when the Empress sank.
Anyone have more information about James Lally,
please contact Michael John Byrne at
or Pat Molyneux at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lammi: Matti Lammi lived a
colorful life. He survived the Empress sinking and
Smith Martin: Emma had come
over from England to visit her son, Leonard James
Martin, who lived in Canada.
Family: A young Mortlach,
Saskatchewan family was aboard the Empress when it sank.
Another Mortlach, Saskatchewan resident perished on the
Rachel Phillips and Two Children Ethel and Hubert: Rachel
Phillips and several of her younger siblings perished on
the Empress of Ireland when she sank.
The Farr Children: These
children were travelling with a Nanny to England to stay
with relations there.
My great grandfather
was one of the survivors of the wreck
(John Ryan - Fireman )
and I am researching
the story all the time.