Mrs Neal McNamee (Eileen O'Leary), 19, was born on 16th December, 1892 in Plymouth, England, the daughter Richard O'Leary (1) and Minnie (née Petheram) (2). The family later moved to Salisbury.
Eileen attended St. Thomas school, Salisbury and Sunday school at Brown Street Baptist church. On leaving school, Eileen worked for Lipton's Grocers and provision merchants, based at 41, Silver Street Salisbury, working at the same store was Neal McNamee.
Eileen was married to Neal McNamee on 17th January 1912, in April of that year they were travelling to New York, partly as a honeymoon and partly so that Neal could take up a new job.
On hearing that Eileen was leaving for New York, the Superintendent of Salisbury Baptist Church who was also Mayor of Salisbury at the time, Mr W. Pritchard, gave Eileen a letter of kind appreciation and a gift of a testament. This gift was the last item that Eileen's mother saw her pack into her trunk.
They boarded the Titanic at Southampton as third class passengers (ticket number 376566, £16, 2s). Both perished in the sinking.
Eileen's body was recovered by the MacKay Bennett (#53).
NO. 53. - FEMALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 23. - HAIR, BROWN.
CLOTHING - Brown velvet coat; sailor blouse; white, with blue anchor on front; blue flannel petticoat with "E. M. C."; blue corsets; blue skirt with black braid; black stockings and shoes.
EFFECTS - Wedding ring and keeper (turquois and diamond) gold; bracelet on right wrist; two third class tickets; one purse with 1s. 11d.; fountain pen; keys; cosmetic, & etc.; and cards as below.
NAME - Mrs N. McNAMEE.
On 22 April 1912 her body was buried at sea.
1. Richard O'Leary was listed on the marriage certificate of Neal and EIleen McNamee as and Army Sergeant in the Royal Engineers.
2. Minnie Petheram was born in Gatcombe, Gloucestershire
General Register Office Certified Copy of an Entry of Birth (Scan)
General Register Office Certified Copy of an Entry of Marriage (Scan)
Record of Bodies and Effects (#53)
Record of Bodies and Effects: Passengers and Crew, S.S. Titanic (Public Archives of Nova Scotia)
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55)
Brian Ticehurst (1989) The Eileen and Neal McNamee Story.
The families of Neal and Eileen McNamee
Elizabeth Foyle, UK
Catherine Parker, UK
Ian Green, UK
Darlene Heal, Canada
Arthur Merchant, USA
Senan Molony, Ireland
Brian Ticehurst, UK
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