Karen ‘Carrie’ Simonsen was born in Denmark in 1880. She married Jakob Jorgensen, a Danish marine engineer, in 1906 and had at least two children – William born in 1907, and Henry born in 1908. The family resided for a time in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire. In 1915, she lived at 97, Northbrook Street, Toxteth, Liverpool, Lancashire, although this may have been an address she used for lodgings while in Liverpool.
She signed on as Assistant Matron to Mrs. Anna Endresen in the Stewards' Department on board the
Lusitania at Liverpool on 14th April 1915, having previously served on the Cunarder
Franconia. Her monthly pay was £4.5s.0., (£4.24p) and she reported for duty at 7 a.m. on the 17th April, the day the
Lusitania left the River Mersey for the last time.
Like Mrs. Endresen, she too was killed when the ship sank. She was aged 35 years.
Her body was not recovered from the sea and identified later and as a result, she is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London.
Cunard records show her as Mrs. Carrie Jargensen, and the records of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission list Jacob Jorgensen as her late father and next as kin, which must be a mistake. It is not known if Jakob Jorgensen died before his wife, or after her, but before the records of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission were compiled.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1911 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, PRO BT 100/345, PRO BT 334.