- Apr 11, 2001
Back in July of 2002 I posted the story of a visit to Barbara Anderson McDermott. Thanks to people both here and in England, a great deal has been learned about the circumstances of her life and family, the whereabouts of her mother's and baby brother's grave - and many other little details which have filled in the blanks for her family here in America. Special thanks to Cliff Barry who has worked hard to bring the hope of a permanent memorial stone to reality. The very latest update on this project is that the city of Darlington requires that the graves themselves be purchased before we can place a headstone with the names and dates of mother and baby. It does seem heartless, but they are unmoved by our entreaties. What this means is that about $2000 dollars must be raised to buy the graves and place a stone on it. Already some kind offers have come in, and about one-quarter has been pledged for the effort. I think it would be a great thing for many people to participate with a small amount, rather than a few giving large donations. I believe we can get this done by May 7th and I post it here knowing well that there are many out there who would like to be a part of this effort to honor what is truly another victim of Lusitania and the tragic loss of a mother and baby. Barbara stayed on in England with her Grandmother until after the war. then returned home to her father aboard Mauretania in 1918, arriving on Christmas Day. Until just recently, she never knew where her mother was. If you would like to send a dollar to this very worthy endeavor, please send it to P.O. Box 86, North Stonington, CT 06359. Please put Lusitania Memorial on the envelope in care of my name. I am arranging a similar coordinator in the UK to manage the pence and pounds. It is a good thing to do for a great lady- and I believe we should do it now while she is alive to know and appreciate it. Below is a photo of Barbara as she sailed on Lusitania, and the sweet face of her mother, Emily Mary Pybus. There is no Lusitania Society to undertake this- so we must-and can.