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Leo Francis Parkes

Leo Francis Parkes
Leo Francis Parkes

Leo Francis Parkes was born in Liverpool, England on 25 August 1888 1 and baptised in St Joseph’s Church on 2 September. He was the son of John Parkes, a “store dresser,” and Bridget Hand. 

Hailing from a Roman Catholic family of Irish descent, Leo had four known siblings and by 1901 the family lived at 87 Mary Lane, Liverpool.

Leo was married in 1906 to May Catherine Gorman (b. circa 1880) and they went on to have six children; by 1912 they lived at Thistlewood Road.

When Leo first went to sea is not certain; by April 1912 he was serving as third baker aboard the eastward-bound voyage of the Carpathia when that ship rescued the survivors of the Titanic

Following the Titanic disaster Leo went on to serve aboard the Franconia for a number of voyages, serving throughout WWI and during peacetime among a host of different ships, including Caronia, Scythia and Saxonia

Leo Parkes died aged 40 in Liverpool in September 1928 and was buried in Ford Cemetery (R 1080).


  1. Birthdate cited as 20 August 1884 in his circa 1919 crew identification card.


Gavin Bell, UK

Carpathia Crew Summary

Name: Mr Leo Francis Parkes
Age: 23 years 7 months and 21 days (Male)
Nationality: English
Religion: Roman Catholic
Marital Status: Married to May Catherine Gorman
Occupation: 3rd Baker
Ship: Carpathia
Buried: Ford Roman Catholic Cemetery, Liverpool, Lancashire, England

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