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Agnes McGregor

Agnes McGregor

About Agnes

Agnes McGregor was born in Scotland in 1871, the daughter of William and Jane McGregor. The family home was at 18 Buchanan Street, Partick, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland.

She was a professional stewardess in the Mercantile Marine and her usual ship was the Anchor Liner SS Cameronia, upon which she engaged at Glasgow on 15 April 1915. However the British Admiralty requisitioned the Cameronia for war use as a troop ship at the end of April, so on 1 May nine crew members not needed for her new rôle, (stewards, stewardesses and a matron) were transferred to the Lusitania. These included Agnes McGregor who transferred in time for what became the Lusitania's final voyage at a monthly rate of pay of £4-0s-0d.

What must have seemed at first to be a stroke of good fortune certainly turned sour for her just six days later when the ship was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-20. At this timethe Lusitania was only 250 miles away from her home port and only 12 miles off the coast of southern Ireland. Out of 22 stewardesses who sailed from New York, only nine survived.

Agnes McGregor was not among the survivors. She was aged 44 years. As her body was not recovered and identified afterwards, her name is embossed on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London.

References

Commonwealth War Grave Commission, Cunard Records, PRO BT 100/345, UniLiv. D/92/6/1, PRO BT 334.

Name:
Agnes McGregor

Outcome:
Lost

Type:
Crew

Age at time of sailing:
44

Address at time of sailing:
18 Buchanan Street, Partick, Glasgow
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