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M. Leitch

M. Leitch

About M.

Mrs. M. Leitch served as a stewardess in the Stewards' Department on board the Lusitania.

Her usual ship was the S.S. Cameronia and she engaged on her as matron at Glasgow on 15th April 1915.  However, the Admiralty requisitioned the Cameronia for war use as a troop ship at the end of April 1915 and on 1st May 1915, nine crew members not needed for her new rôle, (stewards, stewardesses and Mrs. Leitch) were transferred to the Lusitania

She re-engaged as a stewardess for the Lusitania's final voyage across the Atlantic, presumably because the Lusitania already had a matron, Anna Enderson and an assistant Matron, Karen Jorgensen, both of whom were subsequently lost.

Out of 22 stewardesses who sailed from New York on 1st May 1915, only eight survived and Mrs. Leitch was fortunate enough to be one of the eight!

Cunard Records, UniLiv. D/92/6/1.

M. Leitch



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