Catherine Irvine was born in Bootle, Lancashire in 1884, the daughter of Alexander Thomas and Mary Elizabeth Irvine of 'Claremont', Crosby Road, Seaforth, Liverpool, Lancashire. Her father was a Liverpool-born marine engineer, while her mother was born in Charleston, South Carolina, America. Catherine was unmarried.
Catherine’s father died in Forcados, Nigeria on 13 March 1915.
She served as one of 19 stewardesses in the Stewards' Department on board the
Lusitania and was one of the 13 who were killed. She was aged 30 years.
Her body was not found and identified afterwards, so she is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1891 Census of English and Wales, 1901 Census of England and Wales, 1911 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, PRO BT 334.