Miss Marjorie Lottie Collyer was born in Leatherhead, Surrey, England on 28 January 1904. She was baptised later that year on 17 April in All Saints Church, Leatherhead and at the time was a resident of Linden Road in that Parrish.
Her parents had been active in their church in Leatherhead but decided to move to Bishopstoke, Hampshire where their minister from Leatherhead, the Reverend Sydney Sedgwick, had moved. Her father was a bell ringer and sexton at their new church, St Mary's, and he also ran a grocery store in the town. The family appeared on the 1911 census living at 82 Church Road in Bishopstoke, Hampshire.
The family decided to emigrate to Payette, Idaho where several family friends had settled several years previous and who were prospering by working as fruit farmers. The Collyers boarded the Titanic at Southampton as second class passengers on 10 April 1912 on joint ticket number 31921 which cost £26, 5s).
Marjorie and her mother escaped from the sinking in lifeboat 14 and upon arrival in New York were approached to tell their story by the press.
Marjorie and her mother did not settle in the USA as planned and returned to England where her mother was remarried in 1914 to James Ashbrook Holme, a licensed victualler, and they lived at The Fox and Pelican in Greyshott, Haslemere, Surrey. Her mother died in 1916 and her stepfather in 1919 and Marjorie, now an orphan, was taken in by her uncle Walter Collyer, a gamekeeper, and his family who lived on a farm in West Horsley, Surrey. Her time there is not believed to have been a happy one but she remained there until she was married.
Marjorie became a married woman on 25 December 1927 when she wed a London-born mechanic named Royden Bernard Bowman Dutton (b. 1901), the son of a shipping clerk. The couple were wed in St Mary and St Nicholas' Church in Leatherhead, the same church Marjorie's parents had married in. Marjorie and Roy settled in Chilworth, Surrey and, whilst there is suggestion that they had one child who died in infancy, there is no known record for this child.
Marjorie was widowed on 28 February 1943 when her husband Roy died aged only 41. She was not remarried and continued to live in Chilworth where she worked as a doctor's receptionist. During the 1950s she corresponded with Walter Lord during his research for A Night to Remember and was a special guest at one of that book-turned-film's screenings in London alongside several other Titanic survivors.
Suffering from frail health in later years and unable to care for herself Marjorie was moved to a nursing home, Langdale, in Alverstoke, Hampshire. She died there following a stroke on 26 February 1965 aged 61.
References and Sources
The Leatherhead, Advertiser, Epsom District Times and County Post, 18 May 1912, Wreck of the Titanic Little Girls Account
The News (Portsmouth), 1 March 1965, Death of Mrs. M. Dutton
Brian J. Ticehurst and Geoffrey W. Whitfield (1997) The Doomed and The Delivered, in preparation
Christopher M. Wardlow (1997) Catching up with the Collyer's[sic], Atlantic Daily Bulletin, No 2., p.7
George Behe, USA
Gavin Bell, UK
Robert L. Bracken, USA
Michael A. Findlay, USA
Phillip Gowan, USA
Brian Ticehurst, UK
Articles and Stories
Leatherhead, Advertiser, Epsom District Times and County Post (1912)
Surrey Advertiser and County Times (1912)