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Elizabeth Ross Morris Dewhurst

Elizabeth Ross Morris Dewhurst

About Elizabeth Ross Morris

Elizabeth Ross Morris was born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland in 1875. She was married to Walter Llewellyn Dewhurst, a bank commissionaire, in Liverpool in 1905, but he died in 1911, aged 38 years, and Elizabeth never remarried. In 1915, she lived at 13 Brook Street, Bootle, Lancashire, England.

Following the death of her husband, she joined the British Mercantile Marine as a stewardess on transatlantic liners sailing in and out of Liverpool.

She engaged as a stewardess in the Stewards' Department on board the Lusitania at Liverpool, on 16 April 1915 - a ship she had served on before - at a rate of £4-0s-0d per month. When signing on for the voyage, and in her Seaman’s Discharge Records, she stated the year of her birth as being 1882, seven years after the actual event! She sailed from the River Mersey on the following morning on the Cunarder’s final voyage to New York and when she left there on 1 May, she was one of 19 stewardesses on board.

Of these, thirteen were lost and only six were saved.  She was lucky enough to be numbered amongst those who were saved.

Another of the Lusitania’s stewardesses, Eleanor Dodwell also lived in Brook Street, Bootle, at number 16.  She, however, did not survive the sinking.

Elizabeth continued to serve as a stewardess on transatlantic liners, amongst them, the Majestic, Aquitania, and Berengaria, until 1939. By this time, she was residing in Southampton, Hampshire, from where most of the transatlantic liners were based.

Elizabeth Dewhurst died in Southampton on the 30 August 1947, aged 74 years. By this time she was a widow, and she was residing at 196 Regents Park Road, Southampton. Administration of her will was granted to Mrs Mary Wilson Baxter, who was described as being the wife of one Wilfred Baxter, and John McCreadie, a bar keeper, on 6 November 1947. Her estate amounted to £3,949-5s-9d (£3,949.28½).


Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1911 Census of England and Wales, Cunard Records, New York Passenger Lists 1820 – 1957,  PRO BT 100/345, Probate Records, PRO BT 349.

Elizabeth Ross Morris Dewhurst



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13 Brook Street, Bootle, Liverpool
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