Mr Patrick Lane, 16, was born in 1895 in Pallaskenry (in Irish, Pailís Chaonraí), Co Limerick, Ireland, a village located 24 km from Limerick City.
He was the son of James Lane (b. 1865), a factory labourer, and his wife Margaret 1 (b. 1873), Limerick natives who had married around 1892. One of eight children from a Roman Catholic household, Patrick's known siblings were: Bridget (b. 1893), Michael (b. 1899), Mary Kate (b. 1891), Theresa (b. 1907) and James (b. 1910).
Patrick, or Paddy, as he was better known, appears with his family on the 1901 census living at house 24 in Pallaskenry. The family later moved to Limerick City and appear on the 1911 census living at 3 Clare Street. Patrick, aged 15, had already left school and was working as an assistant in a marine store.
Travelling to West 45th Street, Manhattan, Paddy boarded the Titanic at Queenstown, Co Cork as a third class passenger (ticket number 7935, which cost him £7, 15s), describing himself as an agricultural labourer aged 17.
Following the disaster fellow-Limerick City passenger Nellie O'Dwyer related to the Brooklyn Daily Times that she had been asked to look after Paddy during the crossing. During the evacuation Paddy reportedly dropped to his knees in prayer on deck before circulating among the crowd asking for a priest. She never saw him again.
Patrick Lane died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.
His estate, worth a meagre £20, was administered to his father James on 11 April 1913.
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References and Sources
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55).
Noel Ray (1999) List of Passengers who Boarded RMS Titanic at Queenstown, April 11, 1912. The Irish Titanic Historical Society
Gavin Bell, UK